Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Togo, Ambassador Debo Adesina in his anniversary message to Nigerians has said Nigeria remains the face of Africa contrary to negative narratives.
This was contained in a good will message to he sent Nigerians in Togo to commemorate its 62nd independence.
He said: “Nationhood is perpetually aspirational. It evolves and develops, and will continually and forever evolve and develop.
“May Nigeria, in peace progress and prosperity, continue to happen!
“I ask all Nigerians, in Togo and everywhere, to constantly display that excellence of character that is native to Nigeria, that makes ours the nation which all Africans look up to for direction.
” In return, we must give all Africans, and indeed every Black Person everywhere in the world, more than enough reasons to repose trust and confidence in us
and lean on us to give them a truly glorious identity.
“Our country, is a collection of the most endowed peoples of the world, is blessed beyond measure in men and materials. Over the years, Nigeria has been the courageous combatant in the battle for the liberation of Africa and her children.
“Nigeria is the anchor for the ship of Africa, indeed the Black race!
Chinua Achebe, in his inimitable style, reminisced on a Nigeria of yore and
declared,”There was a country.”
Today, I dare say and declare, there is a country, Nigeria, the banner of which we all must carry aloft with joy and pride!
Contrary to the negative narrative, “Nigeria happened to me…” ours is a country happening for good, the good of our people, the good of Africa, the Black race and the whole of humanity.
Our duty as Nigerians abroad is to live this reality and be, in all we do and say, the African
and human exemplars that we truly are!
Long live Nigeria!