Monday, October 4, 2010
SPEECH DELIVERED BY SOLOMON BAMIDELE JUNIOR, THE PRESIDENT NIGERIAN UNION IN VIETNAM (NUV) AT THE 50TH ANIVERSARY OF NIGERIA HELD IN BANGKOK CITY,THAILAND ON 02-10-2010
His excellence Senator Azores Umaru,
The Ambassador Nigeria Embassy in the Kingdom of Thailand,
The President Nigerian Community Association in Thailand (Mr. Lloyd Nwofor),
The entire staffs of the Nigeria Embassy in the Kingdom of Thailand
The Executive Arm of the Nigerian Community Association in Thailand,
The Chairman Organizing Committee of this great event,
Members of the Press,
Ladies and Gentlemen
It’s a great honor and privilege for me and other Nigerian representatives from Vietnam to be here today and celebrate with you the 50years Anniversary of our great Nation (Nigeria). I consider myself fortunate having the Opportunity to address you all on this sacred day of our Independent. On this auspicious occasion, I extend my hearty greetings to you all.
My special thanks goes to the Ambassador of Nigeria to Thailand, His Excellency Senator Azores Umaru, The President Nigerian Community Association in Thailand, Mr. Lloyd Nwafor and all members of the Organizing Committee of this great event for their tireless effort and initiative ,making sure that we all here can celebrate 50years of our great Nation in a wonderful way.
Today is most certainly a day of happiness and pride for us. We are proud of our freedom. We are proud of our democracy. We are proud of our values and ideals. But we should also remember that it has taken the sacrifices of our forefathers to bring us where we are today. Our well being and progress have been built upon the foundation of the hard work and sacrifices of our freedom fighters, the brave Sudana of Sokoto, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and Chief Nnamdi Azikwe and so on.
Today, we remember all those martyrs who laid down their lives for the freedom and security of our country. The best way of paying homage to those brave sons of our country will be to resolve today that we will always stay committed to strengthening the unity and integrity of our nation. Let us all together take a vow that we will spare no effort to take Nigeria to greater heights.
Nigerian Association in Thailand have made a great and positive signal to all Nigerians in the Diaspora ,a signal that will make us serve our father land with love , strength and faith, a signal that will make we all in the Diaspora build a Nigerian community where peace and justice shall reign.
I would also share with you all today the secret that lead to the success of the Nigerian Association in Vietnam. The secret that brought smiles back to faces of more than 300 Nigerians in Vietnam. It’s simply the 14 Principle of Human Relation which says….
H Have self confidence
U Understand the viewpoint of others
M Make yourself the friend of all
A Admit it when you are wrong
N Never make promises you cannot keep
R Respect and courtesy are important
E Explain thoroughly
L Look, listen & learn
A Avoid arguments
T Try to be approachable and sociable
I Insist on selfless service to the community
O Others first, self last
N Never criticize in public
S Stress and positive always
My beloved Nigerians in Thailand, Nigeria is a Country considered by many nations as the Giant of Africa, a Country full on milk and honey, a Country blessed with talents in all fields all over the world and a country blessed with you and me. The future of our great Nation is in our hands. I hereby plead with you leaders here today that we should keep on finding ideas that will lead our great nation to the dreams of our fathers.
We might think we are at this point uniting Nigerians but we might end up bringing all Africans and blacks together by changing the minds of all black nations with our courage and sacrifices.
Lastly, on behalf of all Nigerian Union members in Vietnam (NUV) I say thank you to the Ambassador, the President (NCAT) and his Executives, all the Nigeria Embassy staffs, the Organizers of this great event and to all Nigerians residing in Thailand.
May GOD bless and be with you all.
LONG LIVE THE NIGERIAN COMMUNITY IN THAILAND,
LONG LIVE THE NIGERIAN EMBASSY IN THAILAND,
LONG LIVE THE KINGDOM OF THAILAND,
LONG LIVE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA