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Sanwo-Olu teaches value of history and reading with students

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has called on Nigerian school children to imbibe values that promote the unity of the country. The Governor stated this at a commemorative event for select school children to promote further understanding of the significance of the 60th independence anniversary held at the State House in Marina, Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu, who was joined by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, hosted 60 primary school pupils drawn from various localities across Lagos for a conversation about the Independence Day. 

The event tagged; “Nigeria’s Future Diamonds”, was organised with an objective to inspire patriotism among children and to give them orientation on civic duties required towards building the nation of their dreams.

Sanwo-Olu in the chat with the children delved into the history of Nigeria taking them on an elaborate lecture on the nation’s pre-independence struggles and the roles played by each of the Nigeria’s founding fathers who fought for the country’s freedom from colonialists.

The Governor explained that each stanza of the national anthem was a reminder to every citizen to sustain the vision of a united and prosperous Nigeria, stressing that the collective labour of the nation’s past heroes would be in vain if future leaders failed to uphold the values.

 “Today makes it 60 years when our country, Nigeria, became independent from colonial rule,” Sanwo-Olu said to the pupils. “The freedom we are enjoying today did not come by accident; it was made possible by the collective efforts and labour of the likes of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Ahmadu Bello of blessed memory, and Chief Anthony Enahoro, among many others. They were the ones who negotiated with the British and liberated us from colonial rule in 1960.”

The Governor charged the children not to give up on the country, noting that there had been positive development recorded in the last six decades, which indicated that Nigeria of everyone’s dream remained achievable. 

Lagos State Governor, Mr.  Babajide Sanwo-Olu interacting with school children during the “Independence Day Conversation with Nigeria’s Future Diamonds” at Lagos House, Marina, on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

“Every time we sing the national anthem and recite the national pledge, we are reminded of the labour of these heroes, and our collective duty, as citizens, to keep alive the vision of a united and prosperous Nigeria. As young citizens, it is our duty as today’s leaders to protect your future. We understand there are challenges, but the effort of building the nation is on course. We will do our best to create a country in which you will be proud of being citizens.

“As you grow older, you will need to read books and there are authors, such as Prof. Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Peter Enahoro and Chimamanda Adiche. These books will educate you more on what it takes to build a nation and what roles you will need to play when you become leaders. You must never give up on the country, no matter how imperfect it might look.

“We need you to begin to imbibe the Lagos Spirit, which is all about excellence, resilience, commitment to service and tolerance. You are the future leaders and you must start acting as leaders. The only way we can all build our dream country is to believe in Nigeria. This is why we brought you together; to make you understand you have roles in delivering a country that will reflect the dreams of all of us.”

The pupils also had personal interaction with the Governor, during which they asked questions about education and healthcare. The session also afforded the children an opportunity to share their future ambitions with the Governor.

Samuel Olasunkanmi, 7, of Amosun Primary School in Agege, said his future ambition was to work as law enforcement agent to achieve his dream of bequeathing responsible Police Force to the country.

Also, Okikiola Akinrinmola, 9, of the State Primary School in Sango-Agege, said she would like to become a teacher in the future to raise the quality of education in the country.

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