Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says there is no reason for Nigerians to lose hope in the country, even in the midst of challenges.
Sanwo-Olu said Nigeria has fought a civil war, experienced several coups, adding that the country is no longer where it used to be.
The governor said this during a programme to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary celebration on Friday at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.
He said as the country celebrated its independence, citizens were mindful of the various challenges confronting them as a nation and as a state.
According to him, the citizens are equally mindful of the various vistas of progress that have opened up and which continue to give them hope that the “Nigeria of our dreams can be achieved”.
“61 years ago, the struggle of our forefathers and nationalists to free our country from the shackles of colonialism and attain the status of a sovereign and independent nation came to a happy ending with the lowering of the Union Jack and hoisting of the Green White Green Flag.
“In the years since then, so much has also happened to us as a country.
“We’ve fought a civil war, experienced several coups, and ultimately overcome military dictatorship and restored democratic governance.
“Even in the face of the many challenges confronting us as a people and as a nation, my message to every Nigerian at this time is that we’ve no reason to lose hope.
“There’s enough evidence around us of the fact that while we’re not yet where we would like to be as a country and a people, we’re also no longer where we used to be,” he said.