Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Ayade's Independence Day Speech, a Catalyst for Reawakening By Ugoji Nwabueze



Ayade's epochal October Ist Independence Day speech indicates that occasions like that did not only call for solemnity but sobriety that can foster an atmosphere of unity and posterity as a state.

Governor  Ayade in his speech urged Crossriverians to see the 61 Independence Annivsary as one that can inspire our diversities, challenge our unity and existence and provides audacious platform to soldier on with a refreshing hope, alluring spirit of optimism and enterprise.

His clarion call for unity of purpose and closing of ranks among the diverse nationalities, cultures, religions and peoples that make up Cross River nay the federation of Nigeria should indeed serve as a daily compass for our everyday existence as Nigerians.

As a bridge-builder, Governor Ayade, through his speech, has indeed once again established himself as a pan-Nigerian. 

For emphasis, hereunder is the excerpt of His Excellency's October 1 speech:

"More significantly, today's celebration should no doubt serve as a reawakening and an enticing platform to reflect on our past in order to rechart our future.

Fellow Cross Riverians, as we ruminate on our nation's sociopolitical trajectory I want to enjoin you to remain resolute by re-committing and re-dedicating yourselves to the enduring values and vision that distinguish us as Cross Riverians.

For it is only by such distinguishing attributes that we can achieve true independence as a people- one that will guarantee true freedom and total emancipation in the real sense of it.

There is no doubt, therefore, that while our today is steadily finding perfect harmony with our great expectations as a people, given our industrialization feat in the last six years, our future will find fulfilment from our great energy and determination to berth a better tomorrow for our beloved people of Cross River State.

As an administration, we came with a clear focus to reconstruct the economy of our state and six years on, and in keeping with that vision and mission, we have been able to create a new and sound economy firmly anchored on industrialization, with a huge potential to create jobs and lift our people out of deprivations.

In our avowed committment to entrench a prosperity agenda, we shall not relent until we ensure every Cross Riverian is indeed rescued from the socio-economic quagmire that has held us captive to hunger and lack. 

Let us therefore, continue to bond together so that we can boldly confront the future with a renewed confidence and determination.

Fellow Cross Riverians, as we felicitate with one another on our lofty attainment of 61 years of nationhood, 

I enjoin us all to render our solemn supplications to God for His grace and enablement to overcome the challenges of today and actualize our dreams of tomorrow for the attainment of true Cross River State of our collective dream."

Barr Ugoji Nwabueze is Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Non Indigene Affairs and President of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Cross River State