Former President Goodluck Jonathan, has urged Nigerians not to lose hope as the country marks its 60th independence anniversary.

Jonathan said rather than lose hope, Nigerians should be purposeful in playing their own roles towards making the country great.

He stated this in his message to Nigerians as the country marks its 60th independence anniversary, on Thursday.

Jonathan said the journey of Nigeria had been that of mixed fortunes.

According to the former president, Nigeria will only be prosperous when citizens show commitment.

The message he signed reads: “Like many other great nations, our journey has been that of mixed fortunes. Our nation has been through periods of progress and times of setbacks.

“We have experienced eras of strength, unity and faith as well as seasons of weakness, trials and despair. Despite these challenges, we have remained as one, and nurtured our democracy to 21 unbroken years.

“I, therefore, urge us to make investments that will shore-up the democratic gains and work towards building strong and virile institutions.

“We need to harness the greatness that lies within our diversity and the strength of our population, to recreate and build the Nigeria we desire. We must de-emphasize our fault lines and concentrate on the silver lining within our lands.”

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