The Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari has while felicitating with all Nigerians on the occasion of Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary, urged Nigerians to take ownership of the Independence Day Celebration by proudly, but respectfully displaying our national symbols during the celebrations.
He also gave reasons why Nigerians should celebrate proudly, saying that as Nigeria marks its 56th Independence Anniversary on October 1, 2016, “NOA wants Nigerians to use the Independence Day celebrations to renew their faith in Nigeria and pray for leadership at all levels for divine guidance to steer the nation out of recession”.
In a statement made available to The Street Reporters and signed by the spokesman of the agency, Fidel Agu, the Director General added: “Nigeria, just like every other nation of the world, may have its challenges, yet if we retrospect positively, we will find many heartwarming reasons to celebrate our glorious journey of nationhood and independence so far.”
On why Nigerians should proudly celebrate, Abari said, “Among such reasons are the purposeful leadership the country enjoys, the unity of our diverse people and the resilience of sports men as recently exemplified by our paralympians at the just concluded Rio 2016 Paralympics.
“Nigerian citizens have many reasons, both to celebrate the nation’s independence and to maintain optimism for better years ahead of us as a people.
“So, all Nigerians, both at home and abroad, should proudly display Nigeria’s national symbols in their houses, cars, offices and gatherings to mark the celebrations, provided the symbols are treated with the respect they deserve.
“The government, through its various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, remains irrevocably committed to tackling the problems of recession, insurgency, corruption, poverty and unemployment.
“With the recent international commendations of our government’s efforts at addressing national challenges, Nigerians have cause for greater faith in the nation and the government”, he noted.
The NOA Director General, therefore, called on members of different religious groups to use the opportunity of the Independence Day celebrations to offer fervent prayers for the nation and its leadership while renewing their commitment to religious tolerance in the spirit of our constitution and nationhood.