By Ademola Akinbola
So That We May Leave Good Legacies
A time such as this on Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary provides us with a veritable opportunity to review our approach, assess our activities, and project into the future.
Let me start by commending all the executives and members of NIDO-Americas, Indiana Chapter for their steadfastness and unrelenting commitment to the development of the association. Despite the numerous challenges that regularly confront us, I am proud to say we have not fared badly.
Nigeria at 60 is not just an event or a slogan; it is a clarion call on all of us to redouble our efforts, renew our faith, and be more dedicated to vision of NIDO-Americas so that we can make more significant contributions to the development of Nigeria as professionals in the Diaspora.
It is all about the legacies we would like to leave behind for present and future generations.
I would like to challenge all of us to do more. The reward for hard work, they say, is more work. We have done a lot, but we still need to do more.
We should not relent in our efforts; we should not be dissuaded from this noble path that we have embarked upon; we should not allow needless distractions to affect our focus. We should eschew bitterness, backbiting, strife, and all negative tendencies that can dissipate our energy and resources.
Together, we can, and we should, do more to leave good legacies.
As we celebrate Nigeria @ 60, let us also pause and come up with more ways through which we could do more for Nigeria and for Nigerians in America.
I wish you all happy and peaceful celebrations.
Congratulations Nigeria. Congratulations NIDO-Americas.
By Dr Eronmosele O. Idahosa, MD
Chairman, Board of Trustees, NIDO-Americas, Indiana Chapter
Let us Build on Our Successes
Fellow Nigerians and distinguished diasporans,
It is with honor and a great sense of pride that I join you and our colleagues worldwide to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Nigeria as an independent state. We rejoice to be alive to witness this event.
Over the years, our dear nation of Nigeria has faced a lot of challenges despite the opportunities and tremendous talents that we have. We have had our fair share of both magnificent successes and unexpected failures as a nation.
However, we cannot lose hope, knowing that these tough times will not last forever, and we can be tougher to outlast our problems. Let us look inward to foster unity to achieve a common purpose. We must not become enemies of our own progress.
I have received great support from members of our Nigerians In Diaspora Organization (NIDO) in almost two years as President of this Indiana chapter. I intend to pass the baton soon to enable others develop while moving higher to other greater goals.
However, we remain grateful that God has spared our lives during these challenging times of COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters around the world.
We continue to pray for God’s guidance and support throughout this year 2020 and expect more positive results from our various endeavors now and in the future.
Over the past couple of months of this regime, we have launched various projects that have impacted our communities positively. We hope to continue in this regard and build upon our progresses from one generation to another by overcoming our biases and managing our differences. This will require embracing our diversity to harness the best of our abilities.
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Long live NIDO Indiana.
I thank you and God bless, even as we celebrate this milestone and many more to come as one indivisible nation under God, in unity and faith, for peace and progress.
Adetunji Anthony Adeleke
President (NIDO Americas, Indiana Chapter)
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