As Nigerians mark her 55th independence anniversary celebration, Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has enjoined Nigerians to take seriously the wordings and message of both National Anthem and the National Pledge.
In his anniversary message delivered yesterday, the governor who is also the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors Forum, expressed delight to join millions of patriotic Nigerians all over the world to wish the country and her citizenry happy 55th Independence Day celebration.
He stated that the continued corporate existence of Nigeria despite serial challenges as a multi-ethnic entity called for celebration and thanksgiving to God Almighty.
“For Nigeria to have remained one indivisible nation for 55 years, in spite of all the challenges that have been confronting her as a multi-ethnic nation not only deserves to be celebrated, but also calls for thanksgiving to God Almighty.
“At 55, Nigeria as a nation and Nigerians as a people should begin to see the unity of the country as a development that has become indelible, which should also encourage the citizenry to think less about tribal and religious differences, and think more about the harmony and progress of the nation.
“Nigerians should equally begin to take the wordings of the National Anthem and the National Pledge more serious than they had never done before.
“The truth is that the wordings of the National Anthem and the National Pledge should stand as the creed of all Nigerians of goodwill. The National Anthem should not be seen and treated as an ordinary music and the National Pledge shouldn’t be seen and said as an ordinary poem. Their wordings call for sober reflections on the part of Nigerians.
“As a matter of fact, at 55 years of age, Nigerians should also grow beyond ethnic war songs. Hence, ethnic associations and groups beating ethnic war drums should put a halt to that. Even the quest for sovereignty by some zonal or ethnic bodies should also be dropped since such tendencies have no meaningful contribution to make to the unity, development and prosperity of the nation.
“Nigeria has come to stay as a nation and there is nothing anybody can do about that. What is expected is that all hands should be on deck to build a Nigeria of our collective dream where freedom, peace and unity abound, and where the labour of our Heroes past, shall never be in vain.”
He therefore charged Nigerians to leverage on the 55th Independence Day event to pray for the leadership of the nation at the moment and the leadership at the state levels, and also pray that the lofty desire of President Mohammadu Buhari to rid Nigeria of corruption should produce the needed result.