Former president Goodluck Jonathan has called on Nigerians to be optimistic about the future of the country, in spite of the challenges currently being faced.
Jonathan made the appeal in his goodwill message issued on Thursday in Abuja to Nigerians on the occasion of the nation’s 61st Independence anniversary.
He said that the nation held abundant promises for the citizens, adding that Nigeria has what it takes to overcome today’s threats and trials.
The former president encouraged the leaders and the citizens to rededicate themselves to the virtues of equity, justice, tolerance and strive to give their best for the good of the nation.
He described independence day as a day of freedom which provides an opportunity to reflect on the country’s progress, celebrate its humble attainments and ponder over those dreams yet to be fulfilled.
“I join all citizens to celebrate the 61st Independence Anniversary of our great nation, Nigeria.
“As we mark this day of freedom, it gives us the opportunity to reflect on our progress, celebrate our humble attainments and ponder over those dreams that are yet to be fulfilled.
“We may have hiccups along the way and challenging times that might be stretching our resolve and determination to forge ahead. But we should not relent nor succumb to fear, discouraging trials and threats of today.
“We will never lose hope in our country and in our indomitable spirit and capacity to overcome difficult times, seize the moment and conquer,” Jonathan said.
According to him, the journey of nationhood is a marathon, which requires patience, resilience, tolerance and determination.
Jonathan said that the uncertainties of this time could bot be compared to the limitless promises in the country.
“This time offers us a new opportunity to renew our drive towards attaining greater heights and secure our shared dreams and common vision.
“As we celebrate, let us aggregate the successes, challenges and lessons of the last six decades and apply them towards a more prosperous future for us and upcoming generations.
“Ours is a country blessed with numerous opportunities and prospects as well as great citizens, engaging diversity and versatility,” he said.
Jonathan also urged all Nigerians to recharge their patriotism and rededicate themselves to the virtues of equity, justice and tolerance and strive to give their best for the good of the nation.
“Let us remain optimistic, for the challenges of this time will rebound to a glorious fortune for us and generations yet to come,” he said.