Oba of Benin, Ewuare II has congratulated Nigerians on the 62nd Independence anniversary, noting that it is commendable the country remains an indivisible entity despite the challenges facing it.
In a press statement on Sunday by the monarch’s Chief Press Secretary, Iguobaro Osaigbovo, the Oba said the celebration may not offer much pageantry to some citizens, but for the nation to have remained as one indivisible sovereignty, despite daunting challenges, is a compliment.
The statement added, “The resilience of some Nigerians that made the nation proud and those who paid the supreme sacrifice for Nigeria’s survival since independence from Britain, deserves a mention.
“Nigeria will surmount her current travails and emerge victorious through prayers and hard work, irrespective of the economic hardship, insecurity, conflicts, and agitations when we unite as one nation that is bound in freedom.
“Leaders should provide leadership that oscillates a high sense of responsibility and patriotism by citizens for the nation to truly attain its status as the giant of Africa both in practice and principle.
“The Federal Government and ASUU should, as a matter of necessity, find amicable solutions that can end the industrial action in public Universities, amidst disruption in the academic calendar.
“Nigerians should continue to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deliver credible, free and fair elections in 2023.
“Politicians and actors in governments and other stakeholders should play by the rules. Eligible voters should shun vote buying in order to deepen our democratic values.
“Nigerians should unite against our common enemies that have hindered the progress of the nation by denouncing evil, poverty, unemployment, corruption, crime, insurgency and economic sabotage particularly oil theft and double-standard in the application of the law of the land.”