As Nigeria commemorrates 61 years of independence, the Senior Special Assistant to the Cross River State Governor on Humanitarian Affairs, Martha Agba has called for renewed hope, peace and patriotism from all Nigerians.

In her Independence message, Agba said Nigerians must unite, set aside the narrative of ethnicity, division, violence, hate; and replace them with the narrative of peace, love and unity.

The Special Assistant said that the country would surmount its present challenges and emerge stronger.

Ms Martha who is also a member of the Electoral College stressed on the need for citizens to continually demonstrate unity and love towards one another in order to achieve a better and prosperous nation.

According to her: “This Independence anniversary offers us opportunity to give thanks to God for preserving us despite the incessant challenges we face as a people and as a nation. It also affords us the opportunity to reflect on our past, the present and the future.

“Nigeria just like any other nation is currently going through myriad of challenges ranging from insecurity, unemployment, inflation and economic crisis, some of which are orchestrated by the Covid-19 pandemic. But we must never lose hope, we must keep the faith alive, we must keep being patriotic and law abiding in the discharge of our duties as citizens of this great nation.

“We must continue to pray for our leaders for divine direction, and abhor any vice that tends to put our country in disarray.

“The country of our dreams, the country where unity, peace and love prevails will only be possible when we come together as one people to strengthen our common bond devoid of political, religious and ethnic sensation. Our challenges are surmountable if we put Nigeria first.

“I therefore call on all Nigerians to renew their faith as we commemorate yet another milestone.”

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