Lagos - Fun seekers from different parts of Lagos
on Tuesday trooped out to different amusement parks in the metropolis,
to celebrate Nigeria's 53rd independence anniversary with their
Some of the fun seekers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in
separate interviews that the public holiday had enabled them to relax
with their families and friends.
They also said that the celebration also provided them with the
opportunity to thank God for His protection throughout the 53 years of
Waheed Ilesanmi, a tourist, said the holiday had given him the
opportunity to celebrate the anniversary with his immediate family.
"So, I believe that the best thing for me and my family is to come around here at the Freedom Park and have a nice time.
"We are also gathered here to thank the Almighty for keeping us
alive to witness out dear country at 53. It is worth celebrating because
i believe that one day, the economy of the country will get better, "
Fatimo Bakare, a Lagos-based business woman, said that the
economy would experience further growth with the eradication of
corruption, poverty alleviation and free education for the citizens.
Bakare said that government needed to fight corruption and reduce
borrowing, to achieve economic development and national transformation.
"Nigeria is blessed enough with natural resources and a huge wealth, to enable it cater for the citizens.
"Borrowing constitutes an economic burden, and we need to fight
corruption, alleviate poverty and stem unemployment, to enhance economic
growth," Bakare said.
Temitope Alade, a contractor, said that Nigerians had no choice
than to be part of the celebration because it is their country.
"We are celebrating because we have the hope that our tomorrow will be better than our today,'' she said.
Alade, however, advised the Federal Government to pay more attention
to the providing security for the people, youth empowerment, poverty
alleviation, quality education and the development of national
A large turnout of fun seekers was also noticed at the Oshodi
Heritage Park, the Peace Amusement Park, Ajah and the Rosella Amusement
Park, Ikotun, where many also visited, to enjoy the celebration.