Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has extended his warmest felicitations to all Nigerians on the occasion of the nations celebration of 61st Independence anniversary.
Governor Fintiri in a statement signed and made available to newsmen by his Press Secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou said “Today, we celebrate 61 years of nationhood. We celebrate the return of our liberties, the restoration of our dignity, and the democratic resilience we have built over the last 6 decades”.
Governor Fintiri while congratulating Nigerians for keeping faith with the nation in its journey to nationhood, commended particularly the resilience of Nigeria’s founding Fathers who fought to birth a Nigeria that today stands tall in the comity of nations.
“Today, we also celebrate Nigeria’s founding Fathers that fought for the emancipation of our nation, sacrificing their all. We remember them as heroes of our nation, and we do it fully conscious that a nation that does not honour its heroes, will receive no honour amongst nations.”
Rt.Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is happy that since Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999, her people have been able to built one of the most robust democracies in Africa. The fields of individual freedoms have expanded and citizens participation has become emboldened.
Worried that the nation has had to pass through challenging times in her journey to nationhood, Governor Fintiri however notes that “Nigeria would surmount its present challenges, and emerge stronger”.
The Governor therefore urged Nigerians to renew faith with Nigeria as the nation adds another year. “We will get better, we will be greater”. He said.
Governor Fintiri while congratulating the people for how far the nation has come following the challenges the nation has had to pass through, added that “We had challenges, we still have challenges, but the Nigerian spirit of resilience will carry us on”.
The Governor also calls for togetherness, and tolerance at a time when the people are more divided than ever, noting that “We must accept the fact that none of us is as great as all of us”.
“On behalf of the Government and People of Adamawa State I extend our warmest congratulations to all our citizens and Nigerians on the occasion of our 61st Independence anniversary celebration”.
Governor Fintiri also notes that the tradition of the celebration of Independence anniversary allows for a focus on the positive contributions being made, while also enabling Nigeria to showcase itself on the international stage.
“Celebrating 61 years of nationhood is significant and uplifting as we forge lasting bonds between the diverse people of Nigeria. It is no doubt also a celebration of handshake, a new political normal that not only embraces development, but also encourages reconciliation and the healing of wounds. There cannot be a better time to celebrate our liberation struggle and ponder the future of our self rule having crossed so many hurdles to be where we are today”.