The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has congratulated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the entire Nigerian populace on the auspicious occasion of the nation’s 63rd independence anniversary.
In a statement by Onogwu Muhammed, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Bello noted that
“Today, our beloved nation, Nigeria, marks 63 years since gaining independence from British colonial rule. For many Nigerians, especially those born after the Civil War, these 63 years have been characterized by cautious optimism in our quest for a functional nationhood.
“Nonetheless, amidst the ups and downs, it has also been 63 years of divine compassion and mercy from the Almighty God. For all these blessings, we are profoundly grateful.
“On this momentous occasion, I extend my heartfelt felicitations to our esteemed leader and the President of our great nation, His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and to the resilient people of Nigeria who have unwaveringly believed in our nation’s diversity.”
Governor Bello also takes this opportunity to celebrate the people of Kogi State, acknowledging their unwavering support and commending their significant contributions to the state’s development over the years.
“Furthermore, I wish to commend all Kogites for a year marked by substantial translation of our Blueprint into tangible projects across various sectors. Many of these projects are now available for your benefit, while others are in the final stages, awaiting commissioning before year-end.
“To me, this is the essence of governance, and it aligns with the solemn promise I made during my first Inaugural Address in 2016: that all of Kogi’s resources will be harnessed for the betterment of all its people. Our accomplishments thus far shall not deter us from pursuing even more ambitious projects.
“We remain committed to doing more, much more, even between now and the handover to a worthy successor in 2024, whom we trust to uphold and accelerate the momentum of development we have set,” he notes.
Governor Bello urges the people to engage in introspection and prayers, emphasizing that, despite challenges, Kogi State has much to be thankful for on this 1st of October, 2023.
“While we acknowledge that we may not have reached our ultimate destination, it is evident that our great nation is steadily progressing towards prosperity and advancement. I commend the Federal Government for its unwavering commitment to economic policies that promote growth and its relentless efforts to enhance our infrastructure,” he adds.
Governor Bello reaffirms his administration’s unwavering commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all residents, especially during the election.
He urges citizens to uphold law and order, not only during the election but in the days that follow. The safety and security of lives and property remain paramount, and he calls on everyone to contribute to maintaining a peaceful environment where democracy can thrive.
Together, Governor Bello believes that Nigerians can continue building a stronger, more prosperous nation. Happy Independence Day.