Even in the face of adversity, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu says there is no reason for Nigerians to lose hope in the country.
According to Sanwo-Olu, Nigeria has been through a civil war and several coups, and the country is no longer where it once was.
The governor made the remarks at the Agege Stadium in Lagos on Friday during a program commemorating Nigeria’s 61st anniversary of independence.
He stated that as the country celebrated its independence, citizens were mindful of the various challenges that the country and state faced.
Citizens, he says, are equally aware of the various vistas of progress that have opened up and continue to give them hope that the “Nigeria of our dreams” can be realized.
“61 years ago, the struggle of our forefathers and nationalists to free our country from the shackles of colonialism and achieve the status of a sovereign and independent nation ended happily with the lowering of the Union Jack and hoisting of the Green White Green Flag.”
“So much has happened to us as a country in the years since then.
“We fought a civil war, went through several coups, and eventually defeated military dictatorship and restored democratic governance.
“Even in the face of the numerous challenges that we face as a people and as a nation, my message to every Nigerian at this time is that we have no reason to lose hope.
“There is enough evidence around us that, while we are not yet where we would like to be as a country and as a people, we are no longer where we used to be,” he said.