On behalf of the government and people of Edo State, I salute all Nigerians on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of our independence as a nation.
I want to especially rejoice with the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari on this auspicious moment.
Today, we celebrate the labour of our heroes past and the resilience to speak in unison for a democratic entity, despite our diversity.
The just-concluded governorship poll in Edo State was yet an acid-test for the consolidation of our democracy and the firm resolve of our people to defend it.
We have indeed come a long way, shouldering the onerous task of charting the course of our collective destiny, making personal and collective sacrifices that today define our path to greatness.
While we agree that there are still challenges facing us, we are emboldened and hopeful, in our collective spirit as Nigerians, to always believe in one indivisible and prosperous nation having been blessed with rich human and natural assets.
These assets rekindle hope and confidence in the future of our great country.
Happy Independence Anniversary, Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria
*Mr. Godwin Obaseki*
*Governor, Edo State*