Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Obama, Atiku Hail Nigeria at 52

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The Abuja Independence Day bomb explosion (File photo)

United States President, Mr. Barrack Obama, has hailed Nigeria as the country celeberates its 52nd Independence Anniversary on Monday, October 1st, 2012.

President Obama, in a statement signed by Hillary Clinton, the United States Secretary, said that: "I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Nigeria as you celebrate your Independence Day this October 1".

The United States leader stressed that the strong ties between Nigeria and his country are grounded in the shared values of both countries, and mutual interest in fostering good governance, increasing economic growth, and promoting regional stability.

"We value this partnership and remain dedicated to working together to meet the challenges of the future. On the 52nd anniversary of your independence, I wish all Nigerians a peaceful and prosperous year", he concluded.

Meanwhile, the United States embassy in Abuja has warned its citizens over insecurity in Nigeria especially when the country is celebrating its 52nd Independence Anniversary on Monday.

A statement by the embassy reads: "With the upcoming Nigerian holiday celebrating their 52nd year of Independence, and recent anti-American demonstrations in several Nigerian cities during the past week, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria wishes to remind all U.S. citizens in Nigeria of the continued threat of terrorist attacks, demonstrations, and other violent actions in Nigeria. We also remind all U.S. citizens in Nigeria to consider your personal security and to keep personal safety in the forefront of your planning".

"The U.S. Mission in Nigeria currently has no new threat information regarding demonstrations or attacks directed at U.S. facilities in Abuja or Lagos. Demonstrations originally intended as peaceful can quickly escalate into violent clashes.

Demonstrations and riots can occur with little or no warning. Avoid areas of demonstrations if possible and exercise caution if a demonstration begins nearby".

Meanwhile, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has urged Nigerians to avoid obsession with the past, which might lead them to lose hope in today and the future.

In a goodwill message to Nigerians to mark the nation's 52nd Independence Anniversary released by his media office in Abuja, the former Vice President noted with concern that a sense of nostalgia was leading Nigerians to give up about the present and the future.

Reviewing Nigeria's democratic journey in the past 13 years, the former Vice President noted that it was understandable for people to be impatient for change because of their harsh experiences.

He, however, noted that the democratic process takes some time to get rooted and in the process mistakes were bound to occur.

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