The former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has expressed confidence that Nigeria will surmount the present challenges and emerge stronger.

“It may seem as though we are passing through insurmountable challenges, but I am very intimately aware of the can do Nigerian spirit which will help us surmount our present challenges.

“You may say tough times are here, but I say to you that tough times do not last, but tough people do. “I call on all Nigerians to renew faith with Nigeria as we add another year to our age. We will get better, we will be greater, of that there can be no doubt.”

Ex President Jonathan, in his message to mark Nigeria’s 57 Independent tomorrow, October 1st, stressed the need for oneness, accommodation and unity of the country

In the message which was issued today, Saturday, Jonathan said: “I wish all Nigerians a happy 57th Independence anniversary.

“As a nation, we are moving on. On October 1, 2010 we celebrated our Golden Jubilee as an independent nation. Again, in January 2014, we celebrated our Centenary as a nation. And today, October 1, 2017 we are celebrating our 57th Independence Anniversary.”

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The former President insisted on the need for all Nigerians to accept the fact that none of them is as great as all of them.

“We thank God for the journey so far. We had challenges, we still have challenges but the Nigerian spirit of resilience will carry us on. I congratulate all Nigerians on our 57th Independence Anniversary.” [myad]