The former Minister of State for Education and governorship candidate on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), in the last general election in Delta State, Olorogun Barr. Kenneth Gbagi FNIM, OON has congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of the country’s 63rd independence anniversary.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kenneth Orusi, on September 30th 2023, the largest private investor in the State, urged Nigerians not to lose hope in their nation.
He charged them to be purposeful in playing their own role towards making the country great.
He noted that the journey of Nigeria has been that of mixed fortunes, adding that it requires the commitment of all citizens to build a strong and prosperous nation.
He said: “Like many other great nations, our journey has been that of mixed fortunes. Our nation has been through periods of progress and times of setbacks. We have experienced eras of strength, unity and faith as well as seasons of weakness, trials and despair.
“Despite these challenges, we have remained as one, and nurtured our democracy to 24 unbroken years.
“I, therefore, urge us to make investments that will shore up the democratic gains and work towards building strong and virile institutions.
“We need to harness the greatness that lies within our diversity and the strength of our population, to recreate and build the Nigeria we desire.
“We must de-emphasize our fault lines and concentrate on the silver lining within our lands.
“The occasion is also auspicious for a sober reflection on the progress that we have made, the challenges that we face and the future that we desire as a nation”.
“I, in particular, commend and congratulate the Nigerian people for their resilience and faith in a united democratic Nigeria. 63 years of independence and nationhood were years with moments of great experiences”, he said.