President Bola Tinubu has lauded the founding fathers of Nigeria for their dedication and leadership towards the nation’s freedom from her colonial masters.
Tinubu gave the commendation on Sunday in Abuja while addressing Nigerians on the nation’s 63rd Independence Anniversary.
He said, “It is my unique honour to address you on this day, the 63rd anniversary of our nation’s independence, both as the President of our dear country and, simply, as a fellow Nigerian.
“On this solemn yet hopeful day, let us commend our founding fathers and mothers. Without them, there would be no modern Nigeria. From the fading embers of colonialism, their activism, dedication and leadership gave life to the belief in Nigeria as a sovereign and independent nation.”
Tinubu also urged the citizens to love and cherish the nation as it belongs to them.
He affirmed that no nation or power shall keep Nigeria away from its rightful place.
“Let us, at this very moment, affirm that as Nigerians, we are all endowed with the sacred rights and individual gifts that God has bestowed on us as a nation and as human beings. No one is greater or lesser than the other.
“The triumphs that Nigeria has achieved shall define us. The travails we have endured shall strengthen us. And no other nation or power on this earth shall keep us from our rightful place and destiny. This nation belongs to you, dear people. Love and cherish it as your very own,” Tinubu stated.