The heroic deed of our founding fathers birthed Nigeria on this day in 1960. Fearlessly, they fought for what’s today known as a republic and had (and still have) their names etched on the mind of Nigerians.

What they saw was a nation everybody, regardless of cultural diversity, ethnic affiliation and religious inclination, can call their own. For them, our unity had to take centre stage in their bid to have an independent entity, and that opened the book whose 62nd chapter we’re opening today.

Upon deep reflection at the early hours of this morning, I concluded that just as it takes termites to build a colony from fine grains of sand, so does it to us all. In other words, we are collectively responsible for building Nigeria, whether at home or abroad.

Nigeria’s Independence is a message of resolute, grit and hope; it is worth being preached to this generation and the ones yet unborn. And as we mark her 62nd Independence today, we, despite all, believe in her greatness among the community of nations globally and are sure that, in the fullness of time, she will rise above all obstacles and respond cheerfully to the Giant-of-Africa tag she’s always been called.

Together, we lay the foundation of Nigeria’s inevitable greatness as we support the candidacy of our party’s presidential candidate and the Jagaban of Borgu, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Nigeria president and gubernatorial candidate, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as Governor of Lagos State during the ongoing electioneering and the forthcoming general elections. It is our collective responsibility to fly the flag of the All Progressives’ Congress higher. Together, we will.

Long live, Nigeria!

Long live, the All Progressives’ Congress!


Toyin Aremu (OMOAREMU)
Former Lagos State House Of Assembly Aspirant