“After rain comes sunshine; After
darkness comes the glorious dawn. There is no sorrow without its alloy of joy;
there is no joy without its admixture of sorrow. Behind the ugly terrible mask
of misfortune lies the beautiful soothing countenance of prosperity. So, tear
the mask!”
 – Chief
Obafemi Awolowo

As our dear country marks her 57th Independence
anniversary, I draw inspiration from the words of one of our founding fathers,
Chief Obafemi Awolowo as quoted above.
For so long, the Nigerian State has demanded
of Nigerians to be ready to sacrifice for the eventual benefit of all.
Nigerians have been asked to manage, to bear the burdern and sometimes be
willing to suffer until the ship of state arrives at the place of hope.
However, what we have experienced in the
past 2 years can be likened to darkness caused by years of decay, which led us
into the recession, which we are now coming out from. We are not only coming
out of the recession, we are coming out of it with a diversified economy, a
more entrepreneurial population, lesser dependence on crude oil, a more
informed people, a more solid foundation for our economy and the institutions
of state. We are making haste slowly, we are coming out a better country.
I therefore believe that there is no better
time than now for us as a country to come together as one in order to emerge
together into the “glorious dawn” that lies ahead. Our differences are many,
our tongues differ but we must be willing to come together to forge a road map
for this bright future together and through the legitimate institutions of
Dear Nigerians, Lagosians and the Good
People of Lagos East, I urge you all to rally round the leadership at various
levels. I believe that this is the time to support our leaders with effort, counsel
and constructive criticism, as we work together to create the Nigeria of our
Happy Independence day Nigeria.