Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says Nigerians must commit themselves to national unity.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Tinubu said Nigerians must work together to build a better country.
“Today, we mark our independence as a nation. On this day 62 years ago, we set forth to determine our own way, to shape our own destiny,” he said.
“This anniversary of our independence offers us the opportunity to take stock of how far we have come as a nation and how far we must go to achieve a better nation.
“On this Independence Day, let us commit ourselves to Nigeria’s unity as well as to our collective improvement. In unity, we must see each other as brothers and sisters regardless of our ethnic, religious or regional diversity.
“In seeking national improvement, we must join hands in growing the economy, creating jobs, feeding the hungry, educating our youth, caring for the sick and protecting our people and their way of life from evil and misguided foes who seek to destroy all that is good.
“May we all seek the best for Nigeria regardless of partisan affiliation and may we never undermine the national purpose in pursuit of narrow gain.”
Tinubu asked citizens to eschew violence and embrace peace as the 2023 general election approaches.
“As the nation heads toward the coming election, may we all eschew violence and recourse to divisive, incendiary politics that pull against the fabric of national unity and concord,” he said.
“Thus, on this occasion of Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day, I congratulate all Nigerians everywhere. I wish you all a memorable celebration of both peace and unity.”