The Gombe State governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, yesterday said Nigerians had so much to celebrate in its 62 years of independence in spite of the challenges confronting the country.
In a message to mark the 62nd independence of Nigeria and the 26th anniversary of the state, Governor Yahaya urged Nigerians not to despair but keep hope alive in the quest to build a prosperous state and country.
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He stated that though Nigeria was passing through tough times occasioned by insecurity and socio-economic problems, the challenges confronting the country were not insurmountable.
He urged the people of the state and Nigerians in general to rekindle their hopes and renew their commitment and love for the country.
He reassured that under his leadership, the state would continue to wax stronger in all facets of human endeavour, and vowed to keep initiating people-oriented policies and programmes that would better the lives of people and residents of the state.