Past Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA, Ede Asenoguan, Esq. sends goodwill message as Nigeria marks Its sixty-one years independence anniversary on Friday.
“Every First of October, we commemorate our nation’s independence and the ideals of democracy and justice that were enshrined at its birth. The words of the Declaration of Independence still stand 61 years later as the foundation for the best form of government, protected and upheld by the rule of law and the principles of justice,” he said.
“The last years have been a time for critical thinking about a lot of things, including our security, economic growth, values. And putting that sort of meaningful, critical thinking into action is only possible in a free and democratic society.
“Nigeria is a country founded on ideas. Ideas that have unlocked human potential and enabled human flourishing. Self-government, freedom, liberty, individual rights, freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, economic opportunity, and equality under the law.”
We also remember that these ideals required great courage and sacrifice then and throughout our nation’s history as men and women — including the dedicated servants of the temple of Justice — lawyers, judges, that have worked and fought to protect, extend, and sustain our freedom.
“We have a lot of important work left to do to make our country safer and better. We cannot be complacent. But this anniversary is an appropriate time to focus on what unites us as Nigerians.
I will conclude with this quote from Abraham Lincoln about patriotism: “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”
God Bless you and your families, and God Bless Nigeria.
Ede Asenoguan, Esq.