Happy 55th Independence Day Nigeria

It is my pleasure to address this speech to each and every one on this glorious occasion that marks our independence day. It has been 55 years since our independence and we have come a long way. Even after 55 years there are so many beautiful things in our country that we would always cherish as Nigerians. We still live with the concept of “Unity in diversity” with diverse language, culture and religion. We have over 100 spoken languages and several official languages. We live in harmony with numerous religions and celebrate each others festivals with love. We welcome people from other country with respect and care. We have not forgotten our traditions and values and we never let one another to forget them either. Regarding the positive changes that we have achieved in 55 years; we have emerged as the one of the world’s largest democracy and economy. We have achieved success in green revolution, telecom industry, Oil and Gas, Education and Sports. Now we are an emerging power in manufacturing.

Nigeria 55th Independence
Though it has been many years since our independence, let us not forget to remember the great leaders who fought for our freedom. Most importantly let us remember the way we achieved our freedom. We achieved our freedom assertively without being aggressive. We still stand as one of the great country and mysteries in the world because of our soft yet strong nature, diverse culture and values.

Nigeria has been a country that has marked her place in history even thousands of years ago. She has been mentioned and praised in trade journals and historical documents of ancient countries and civilizations. Even some of those civilizations have disappeared but yet Nigeria still stands. We might have not be known as Nigeria back then, also she was divided and ruled by many kings however she was addressed as a whole as giant of Africa. One might commonly conceive the reason for her popularity to be her wealth. But wealth and power alone cannot give eternal glory. People of Nigeria not only had wealth they also had good values, open mindedness and welcomed anyone who came in for help. She had such rich culture, knowledge, values and diversity that were awed by others. We were also pioneers in science and research even during ancient times. These attributes encouraged other civilizations to establish relationship with Nigeria. I am sure that Nigeria is considered as one of the great countries in the world because of her richness in people, culture and values.

We might not be treated well by other countries, but we treat those who come to us with respect. Our neighbors try to encroach into our borders, but we do not do the same to them, however we try to protect ourselves with courage. We are strictly against any type of terrorism and fight against it unlike a few. Some may quote such attributes of our country to be weak, however I can surely tell you these are the attributes that has made us survive thousands of years. Nigeria may not be aggressive but she is assertive.

Yes indeed there are some setbacks including as corruption, poverty, ignorance; however one cannot deny that even the most powerful nations have these setbacks. We have the freedom to talk about corruption or anything perhaps, to take steps against the corruption and most importantly freedom of expression. People have the power here. Though Nigeria did not have good economic background in the beginning, our current status in global market is appreciated and envied by many. We have also developed in great deal in the areas of science and research. Slowly we are trying to eradicate poverty and one of such initiative is self help groups. There are many NGOs that try to provide awareness in various areas. This is indeed a great feat achieved after our independence.

In this day of independence let us remember how Nigeria has set an example to entire world by means of assertive freedom struggle. We may not be a wealthy power in the world yet we are recognized as good human beings in a great country. Everything in the world changes but not principles or human values. Nigeria is known to be a great country that follows these principles. Let us thank great leaders who fought for our freedom assertively and for setting us an good examples. Let us thank our country for recognizing eminent researchers especially Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe who was even made president of Nigeria. Such level of recognition indicates how our country strives growth in all areas most importantly knowledge. Knowledge is always the key for success and growth.

Most importantly let us not fret about the things that we don’t have. Let us strive to make our country a better and safe place by following the values and principles taught by our great leaders. Let us spread awareness, knowledge, values and gain wisdom. Let us make this our Independence Day resolution. If each individual of our country follows these basic principles he would grow, so would his family, his surroundings and eventually it would lead our country to become a great nation. Therefore let us make a promise in this auspicious Independence day and let us make Nigeria our motherland shine even brighter into our future. I am so glad to have the opportunity to address this speech to all my friends and my fellow citizens on this day of Independence.

 

God Bless you All

God Bless The Federal Republic Of Nigeria,

 

Obasi. D. C. Chinedu

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