Olowa and Paramount Ruler of Igbara-Oke kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede has called on Nigerians not to forget the sacrifices made by our heroes and heroines in the struggle for the actualization of an independent Nigeria.

In his independence message to Nigerians, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ayodeji Owolabi the monarch said, the freedom does not come easily, it was people that paid the price. He said in the midst of this patriotic celebration, there is need to take time to remember and honour the courage and foresight of our brave men and women who have sacrificed their all to protect the unity of our beloved country. As a patriotic citizen, he urged Nigerians to remember our national heroes today, and to renew their pledge to always uphold our national unity in the interest of peace and harmony.

Oba Agbede said our diversities should not be seen as a weakness but as our strength, and it is only by working together that we can build a resilience nation. He urged everyone to put extra effort to perform their civic rights and responsibilities. According to him, every citizen must have a sense of belonging wherever they found themselves.

He also called on all to work as one in the true spirit of a democratic country to bring about socio-economic integration and equal development to all and sundry. He charged the leaders to rise to the great task of building social trust between the people and the nation, and by so doing, there will be peace and stability in our country.

While appreciating God for preserving our country and keeping us together despite the various challenges that have been confronting us as a nation, Oba Agbede said our commitment and determination to succeed in all areas has affirmed that Nigeria has come to stay and there is nothing anybody can do about that.

He also expressed hope for the future of the country that Nigeria will be great again, as we have made substantial progress in recent times. He highlighted the importance of working together to promote and sustain our democracy and good governance. He therefore called on politicians to be mindful of the country’s future.

He expressed his congratulatory message to all, and enjoined every citizen to remain focus, steadfast and confident for a better Nigeria and to use this occasion to promote patriotism and national unity, and to remember our past heroes and heroines who silently underwent enormous sacrifice, sufferings and hardship in order to defend the idea of a preserved Nigeria.

R-L: Olowa of Igbara-Oke kingdom, HRM, Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar at the State House in Abuja.