Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State says Nigeria is on the rise regardless of some drawbacks in its nation-building efforts and its share of the global challenges.
Speaking at the 62nd independence anniversary celebration of Nigeria in Ilorin on Saturday, the governor admitted that the country is struggling against various challenges of nation-building but is not stagnant.
“We are not hopeless, everyday new successes are being recorded in the economy, infrastructural development, defense, and in our democratic journey.
“Things will be better if everyone plays their role and priotises national peace, unity and collective growth,” he stated.
Governor Abdulrazaq charged Kwarans to continue to exist in peace and make the state hospitable and attractive to investors.
He also appealed to Kwarans to continue to make the state the comfort zone for trade, hospitality, and peaceful co-existence, adding that ” together, let us build a state that works for us all.”
He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerian citizens on the anniversary celebration, appreciating God and all founding fellows for their excellent contributions towards gaining that freedom.
Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary parade held in Ilorin, amid colouful march-pasts by contingents from the security agencies, public and private primary and secondary schools, members of the national youth corps, and the Red Cross in Kwara State.
The event was attended by the great and the good people of Kwara State from different sectors, including Deputy Governor Kayode Alabe; First Lady Amb. Olufolake AbdulRazaq; Senator Sadiq Umar (North); House of Assembly Speaker Yakubu Danladi-Salihu and members of the House; Grand Kadi Kwara State Shariah Court of Appeal Justice Abdullateef Kamaldeen; cabinet members; security commanders; royal fathers; and party leaders, among others.