Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has called on Nigerians to be optimistic about the future of the country, in spite of the challenges currently being faced.

Jonathan made the appeal in his goodwill message issued on in Abuja to Nigerians on the occasion of the nation’s 61st Independence anniversary.

According to Jonathan, Nigeria held abundant promises for the citizens, adding that the country has what it takes to overcome today’s threats and trials.

The former President encouraged the Leaders and the citizens to rededicate themselves to the virtues of equity, justice, tolerance and strive to give their best for the good of the nation.

“I join all citizens to celebrate the 61st Independence Anniversary of our great nation, Nigeria.

“As we mark this day of freedom, it gives us the opportunity to reflect on our progress, celebrate our humble attainments and ponder over those dreams that are yet to be fulfilled.

“We may have hiccups along the way and challenging times that might be stretching our resolve and determination to forge ahead. But we should not relent nor succumb to fear, discouraging trials and threats of today.

“We will never lose hope in our country and in our indomitable spirit and capacity to overcome difficult times, seize the moment and conquer,” Jonathan said.

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