Nigeria at 62: GEJ Reflects on Prospects and Challenges of Nationhood, Celebrates Nigerians

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan reflects on nationhood in his Nigeria at 62 message to Nigerians.

In his Nigeria at 62 message, ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan reflected on the prospects and challenges of nationhood and celebrated Nigerians in how they have asserted themselves as people with strength, courage, and honour in different spheres.

He said:

“Fellow Compatriots,

“Today, we mark another anniversary of our independence from the grip of colonialism. We reflect on the promises of freedom, hope, peace, and unity that comes with independence.

“Sixty-two years into this journey, we have every cause to reflect on the experience of our nationhood, the prospect of our greatness and how to surmount the challenges that limit our progress as a nation.

“As a country, we have made significant impacts on the global stage in sports, arts, music, and academia.

“Our citizens have asserted themselves as people with strength, courage, and honour in different spheres.

“We have remained steadfast in patriotism in challenging times of our nationhood, demonstrated faith in moments of doubt, displayed resilience in times of adversity, and pursued peace when our unity was threatened.

“Fellow Nigerians, our anniversary this year comes at a time our nation is preparing for general elections. It is a critical moment for us all. The elections provide another opportunity for our citizens to demonstrate our faith in the greatness of our nation. Let us be patriotic in the choices we make.

“Let us prioritise the unity and peace of our country in our campaigns, and through the choices we make at the polls next year.

“Ours is a great nation with boundless possibilities. Let us work in unity, live in peace, promote justice, and accommodate each other. That way, we shall build an inclusive and cohesive society where everyone is happy, safe, and proud of his country.

“Happy Independence Anniversary, Nigeria!”