As Nigeria marks its 58th Independence Day today, Nigerians from all walks of life have taken time to wish their countrymen a happy celebration.
The felicitations began with President Muhammadu Buhari who, in a televised broadcast, enjoined Nigerians to forge ahead with belief as there is a lot to be proud of in spite of the many challenges.
Coming at a time when the question of national unity is at the front burner, in addition to security and economic challenges, Nigerians have generally shown good cheer as the country reaches another milestone.
The Independence Day celebration – the first in eight years – began on a false note following the fatal crash of Nigerian Air Force jets practising for the parade, and Plateau State, north-central Nigeria was engulfed in crisis over the weekend.
These setbacks notwithstanding, Nigerians, from politicians to musicians, sports stars and ordinary citizens, have taken to social media to celebrate the 58th Independence Day…
Here are some of the best wishes…
Happy Independence Day Nigeria.
You will prevail. pic.twitter.com/YfvHxt3ljW
— Prof Yemi Osinbajo (@ProfOsinbajo) October 1, 2018
I congratulate all Nigerians on the occasion of this year's Independence Day anniversary and pray that our country will continue to exist in peace and unity, with continuous development across the nation. #NigeriaAt58
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) October 1, 2018
For us to ensure that our democracy survives, we have to be eternally vigilant. Nigerians across all divides must unite for the common good for the pursuit of our future and the advancement of our people.
— Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara (@YakubDogara) October 1, 2018
Though there are a lot of challenges facing us at this moment, Chief of which is we are now the world headquarters for extreme poverty, permit me to be optimistic and wish Nigerians a happy 58th Independence Day. We have overcome tough time together before and we can do it again.
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) October 1, 2018
— Kingsley Moghalu (@MoghaluKingsley) October 1, 2018
Happy Independence Day #NigeriaAt58. Some think there’s nothing to celebrate. Others think there are things to celebrate. Stay with your own opinion and leave others to theirs. Don’t try to colonise the opinion of others on Independence Day. Osondi Owendi.
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) October 1, 2018
Happy Independence day. Let’s keep pushing and believing. We stand together. ??❤️?? pic.twitter.com/JShwFbOudy
— Seye Ogunlewe jnr (@seyeogunlewe) October 1, 2018
Today is a day that represents freedom, equality and unity. I stand proud to be a Nigerian and on this day of our independence. I want to salute all my fellow Nigerias in honour of this great day. Happy Independence Day.#ILoveMyCountry #ForeverAEagle #Weareone #Nigeria @58 ??? pic.twitter.com/QEzi61XtHN
— AhmedMusa718 (@Ahmedmusa718) October 1, 2018
Happy Nigerian Independence Day ??
That kit ? pic.twitter.com/KG1wpunD2t
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 1, 2018
— Women AFCON Ghana (@WomenAFCONGhana) October 1, 2018
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 1, 2018
Happy Independence Day Nigeria ??. A special country with amazing potential that has always shown me a lot of love and support. I need to visit you! Stay blessed ❤️?✊? #Nigeria58… https://t.co/yqTPTb6lAo
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) October 1, 2018
— William Troost-Ekong (@WTroostEkong) October 1, 2018
I’m proud to be a Nigerian,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me. Happy Independence Day ?? pic.twitter.com/jn3JN0MpTW
— White Nigerian (@whitenigerian) October 1, 2018
Happy Independence Day from the streets of Nigeria ??.??? pic.twitter.com/6yPl1VxQOs
— jfa247?♂️YRN (@adams_jfa) October 1, 2018
We no go kpai
We no go die
We no go kpeme
We go enjoy
We go chop life
We go buy motor
We go build house
We go still turn up!!!
Happy Independence Day Nigeria! ??
— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) October 1, 2018