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National Union Of Nigerian

Associations In Italy

N.U.N.A.I. for the interest of Nigerians in Italy.




Posted on June 17, 2021 at 8:00 PM



Your Excellency Ambassador (Mrs) Martine S. Gereng - Sen

Ministers, - immigration and

political Diplomatic staff Religious leaders Distinguished guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen

I welcome you all to NIGERIA'S 55th INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION. I like to thank the Nigerian Embassy Rome for organizing this great occasion. Just two days ago, October 1st 2015, we officially celebrated Fifty five years as a sovereign nation. It’s a day we mark our freedom from the British colony and a day for re-appraisal of our motivations and aspirations as a country. As many will often say, there is nothing to be celebrated in Nigeria; But , Our President, Mohamadu Buhari remarked in his independence speech on October 1 2015 “No temporary problems or passing challenges should stop us from honoring this day. Let us remind ourselves of the gifts God has given us. We have all the attributes of a great nation. We are not there yet because the one commodity we have been unable to exploit to the fullest is unity of purpose.” We Nigerians in Italy are dynamic and have a very strong belief in the existence of one strong and indivisible Nigeria. We are grateful for the opportunities that abound in our country. We hope to set the pace for the change that we desire for our country by becoming the change agents and change makers of today. We believe that a

good today will bring forth a better tomorrow and as well a best future for this great country of ours.

As leaders in our communities here in Italy, We must learn to live by example before the Nigerians we lead. This I also advocate for Nigerian leaders. Thank God for Some political leaders in Nigeria like (Former Governors Babatunde Fasola, Akpabio and Adams Oshiomhole of Lagos, Akwa Ibom and Edo states respectively) who have proved beyond reasonable doubts that with vision, focus, determination and proper channeling of resources you can indeed achieve what you want to achieve. Nigeria can truly change her image when the leaders begin to live by example then the citizens will have no choice but to follow suit. Since February 2013 when we were officially inaugurated, Nigerian communities in Italy have continued to grow with great strength and vigour. Presently we have about 40 local associations registered with NUNAI and the independence celebration have been carefully arranged to enable Nigerians to felicitate with each other in the month of October. The Nigerian community Brindisi celebrated their independence on the 1st of October with fun fare and splendor. As I speak, Milan and Torino are celebrating; Padova will celebrate tomorrow while Verona and Ferrara will celebrate their independence on the 10th of October 2015. The Marche region will finalise the independence celebration on the 24th of October 2015. Above all, NUNAI have fostered intensive and collaborative relationships with the Nigerian Embassy and the relative Italian institutions to enhance greater integration of Nigerians in Italy Recently, the Nigerian Embassy Rome introduced some reforms and policies to improve the services it renders to Nigerians in Italy.

It was a reform born out of the abuse of privileges we once enjoyed. Every abuse ought to be reformed, unless the reform is more dangerous than the abuse itself. The embassy and NUNAI are consulting and working together to improving and reducing the sufferings borne out from the changes and the reform made. Therefore, I implore and pray for your continued cooperation with the mission to see that greater and efficient services are rendered to you. Beyond serving our communities; NUNAI is also effecting changes at the policy level both in Nigeria and Italy. Finally, Let us be Law abiding and stay away from crime. Today we are in Rome, let me also reiterate the old saying – “If you are in Rome do as the Romans do”. Let us learn always to respect the law of our host country Italy and to live co- habitually with our neighbours. We believe in Nigeria. Good people, great nation, dynamic Men and Women. It's my hope that beyond this gathering here today for this great celebration, young people will begin to engage in innovative thinking and participate in the development process of our country Nigeria. We thank you all for coming to celebrate with us. God bless you all

God Nigerians in Italy.

God Bless the Federal republic of Nigeria

NUNAI, always for the interest of Nigerians

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