“Beloved countrymen and women, on this day, fifty-two years ago, our founding fathers brought joy and hope to the hearts of our people when they won independence for our great country. Nigeria made a clean break with more than six decades of colonial rule, and emerged as a truly independent nation. That turning point was a new beginning for our nation.
“Those who witnessed the lowering of the Union Jack and the emergence of the Green White Green flag continue to relish the memory, because that ceremony was not just about the destiny of a nation, but the future of a people.
“That future is here; we are the inheritors of a great legacy that goes even much farther into the past…
“On this special day, I call on every Nigerian to remain steadfast, because our nation is indeed making progress. I call on every Nigerian to rediscover that special spirit that enables us to triumph over every adversity as a people…”
-Excerpts of the address by His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on the occasion of the Independence Anniversary, 1st October, 2012.
God bless Nigeria! Happy Anniversary!