With great pleasure and optimism in better days to come, I, on behalf of my family, convey my warmest felicitations to all Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora on the auspicious occasion of the 62nd Anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence!
First and foremost, I use this momentous occasion to thank the Almighty God for His undeserving grace in having brought us this far as a nation. I pray for the leadership of the country, under the able captainship of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Mr. Muhammadu Buhari GCFR. I equally appreciate related cadres of leaders and leadership in the country and fellow Nigerians in general for keeping faith and working together in the past 62 years.
As we, this day, gather drums and cymbals to celebrate our strengths over our weaknesses; our triumphs in the face of challenges; and enduring songs of oneness over what may have sought to divide us, may this day remind all of us of the vision and patriotic sacrifices of our forefathers who foresaw that with a sovereign country, we truly shall be independent – with distinct identity, voice, and place in the comity of nations.
My belief is that, as a country superfluously blessed with enviable natural, material and human resources, we are destined to be great and can certainly do better if we patriotically and earnestly put our acts together by continuing to embrace unity in spite of our diversity, justice and equity against the temptations to do otherwise, commonness of purpose in spite of individual preferences, and galvanizing our competitive and complementary individual talents to the strengthening of our collective goals as a country.
Indeed, the things that have bonded us together are stronger than those seeking in vain to divide and distract us on this journey! Let’s therefore build bridges of unity and common purpose rather than cut to destroy existing ones!
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Long live Nigerians!!
Happy 62nd Independence Day!!!
AKPARAWA EPHRAIM AKPARAWA INYANG-EYEN
2023 YPP Senatorial Candidate
Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District