New Year: Keep hope alive, Oluwo to Nigerians


By Peter Oriyomi

The paramount ruler of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has charged Nigerians to keep their hope alive in the greatness of “our country, Nigeria.”

Oba Akanbi, who called for attitudinal change among Nigerians and be good ambassadors of the nation, described 2021 as challenging, saying surviving the natural and artificial incidences of the year was a grace.

The Oluwo, in a New Year message to Nigerian, through his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, described pulling through 2021 as purposeful.

The royal father asked Nigerians to belief in themselves and the country to achieve the purpose of survival.

Oba Akanbi also commended the Federal Government led by President Muhammed Buhari for infrastructural developments, especially the rehabilitation and construction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to him, Lagos-Ibadan road users are now enjoying their journey without traffic jam.

Describing the nation’s rail transportation service as monumental achievements, he said revitalization of the sector would reduce traffic stress.

The Oluwo tasked government to do more in securing Nigeria and formulate policies capable of improving people’s standard of living.

Oba Akanbi said: “Hope is a promisory note. When you have the hope, you have to work for it. The first step is the will. That is, you must belief in your self. It starts from there. As Nigerians, whether at home or diaspora, we must trust and have the hope in our country.

“It is a collective task. Our society is a product of what we do to it. Let’s imbibe the spirit of patriotism and begin to bring out the best in Nigeria.

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“2021 was one of the most challenging years, not only in Nigeria but mankind in general. We have laboured in 2021, I’m optimistic we shall reap bountifully in 2022. It shall be virile, productive, progressive and remarkable.

“As Nigerians, we need to belief more in our country. Our strength can be rejigged if we so wish. The will is the key to achieve the hope. Let’s positively utilize it.

“I must commend the federal government led by President Muhammed Buhari for the infrastructural developments most especially the Lagos-Ibadan express road and rail services improvement across the nation. For the first in some many years, one can drive on Lagos-Ibadan road without traffic jam.

“That is a monumental credit. The drivers and passengers are less fatigue. You can now predict your itinerary hours, minutes and seconds on the road. Buhari should be commendable on this and other gigantic infrastructures acrozs the nation.

“However, I charge the federal government to effect more policies at improving the security architecture and people’s standard of living.

“I wish all Nigerians a better and more fruitful new year. Last year was challenging. We laboured and I’m certain we will reap our efforts bountifully this year. Let’s keep hope alive.”


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