Nigeria at 60: Folarin, Balogun, Akande-Sadipe call for renewed dedication

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By Akeem Abas

Ibadan, Oct. 1, 2020 Some federal lawmakers from Oyo State have called for renewed dedication to national peace, unity and progress as the country celebrates its 60th independence anniversary.

They made the call in their separate statements made available to newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan.

Naija247news reports that the country celebrated her 60th independence anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Sen. Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), who congratulated Nigerians on the celebration, admonished the citizenry to renew their dedication and commitment to national development.

Folarin, in a statement issued by his media aide, Yekeen Olaniyi, urged Nigerians to renew their resolve to preserve and protect the independence and integrity of the country.

The three-term federal lawmaker and Chairman, Senate Committee on Local Content, said that countless patriotic Nigerians, dead or alive, offered ultimate sacrifices to liberate Nigeria from the colonial masters.

He enjoined Nigerians to continue to pray and support President Muhammadu Buhari as his government prioritises economic development as well as security of lives and property.

“On this day, we must reflect on the task, which we have undertaken for the evolution of a poverty free, disease free, prosperous and illiteracy free Nigeria.

“As we peacefully celebrate the 60th Independence, I reiterate my commitment to qualitative representation and excellent service delivery to the people of Oyo Central Senatorial District, Oyo State and Nigeria,” he said.

Also, Sen. Kola Balogun (PDP-Oyo South) congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the 60th Independence anniversary.

Balogun in a statement signed by his media aide, Rotimi Johnson, urged Nigerians to be united to make ‘Project Nigeria’ work.

“Making Nigeria better is more than wishful thinking or positive confessions, we must walk the talk and focus more on things that unite us.

“Let’s continue to pray that God directs our noble course, guide our leaders right and the followers the truth to know too.

“A great nation is only achievable when we are united, more trusting and not fanning ember of disunity,” he said.

Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe (APC-Oluyole) urged Nigerians to make the celebration of Nigeria at 60 a driving force to uphold good values.

Akande-Sadipe in the statement signed by her media aide, Olamilekan Olusada, described the non-prioritisation of History in the Nigerian educational curriculum as an injustice to the younger generation.

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, called on Nigerians to have a deep thought on the state of the nation and where they want the nation to be.

“October 1st is an opportunity for we the citizens of Nigeria, to ask ourselves the question – Are we truly emancipated? In my opinion the answer is NO”.

“I therefore call on my fellow Nigerians, that we should all use this day of celebration to assess, where our nation is and to decide, where we really want to take our nation.

“It’s truly up to us. I pray that we will be true to our selves and jointly work towards genuine emancipation of all, across the nation,” she said.

She urged the Federal and State Governments to make History, a compulsory subject in schools for students.

Akande-Sadipe reiterated her commitment to legislative representation through her core constituency agenda for the emancipation of Oluyole federal constituency.

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