Former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, has felicitated with citizens on the occasion of the 60th Independence Day celebration.
Nigeria is marking her diamond jubilee on October 1, 2020, 60 years after gaining freedom from colonial rule.
In his message to Nigerians, Jonathan noted that October 1 commemorates Nigeria’s political freedom.
Part of his message read:
“Sixty years ago, we made a procession of victory, as we bade farewell to colonialism and emancipated our lands from the clutches of servit*de. It was a day of hope, promises and great expectations amplified by the reality of freedom and the vista of vast opportunities.
He said though it may seem as though all the expectations have not been met, Nigeria has made progress in some areas such as sports, entertainment, arts, education and even in politics.
“The Green – White – Green has flown with pride, honour and dignity in the comity of nations, in the last 60 years.”
According to the former president, Nigeria has been through times of progress and turbulent periods which resulted in setbacks.
He, however, commended the fact that the nation has remained as one, and nurtured her democracy to 21 unbroken years, despite all the challenges.
Jonathan stated that everyone has a role to play in nation-building which he described as a journey.