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Believe in Nigeria, Saraki, Ekweremadu urge citizens

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; and Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, have congratulated Nigerians on the 57 th independence anniversary of Nigeria, urging the citizens to believe in the country .

Saraki, in a goodwill message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu , in Abuja hailed Nigerians for sustaining its status as a united and progressive country .

He stated that the task for a greater Nigeria was a collective responsibility of every citizen, while enjoining every citizen to believe in the project Nigeria and pray for peace and progress of the country .

The Senate President also urged Nigerians to continue to work for the peace, unity and stability of the country irrespective of their creed and tribe. He also urged political , traditional , religious and business leaders to close ranks in “ order to initiate and implement ideas and strategies that would further develop the country and increase the standard of living of the citizenry. ”

He said , “ It is apparent that the need for peace, unity and stability in our nation cannot be compromised. Our togetherness, abundant resources and diversity are our greatest asset.
Therefore , let us refrain from tendencies that tend to pull us apart. ”

The Senate President noted that the country was in a better stead today than it was a year ago , while calling for more concerted efforts to enhance the lives of all Nigerians by continuing the consolidation of “ the present positive economic outlook . ”
“ This is why it is necessary at this time in our developmental journey , that we must all redouble our resolve to make Nigeria take her rightful leadership position among her peers , ” he said .

Ekweremadu, has urged Nigerians to be patient and optimistic, as the country would surely overcome her challenges .

Ekweremadu, in a separate goodwill message issued by his Special Adviser on Media , Uche Anichukwu , said although Nigeria was bedeviled by myriad of challenges , the country would spring back to reckoning as a true giant of Africa and realise the dreams of its founding fathers , with a positive mindset and leadership .

He said, “ I am an optimist . As a matter of principle, I prefer to see the positive sides of life without also overlooking the problems also. At 57 , we have no doubt had our challenges as a nation. But we have also made progress . We survived a civil war to remain one country .

“ The important thing also is that Nigeria remains a nation with unbeatable potentials . All we need is the right attitude and leadership to translate our potentials to greatness. ”

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