Port Harcourt â€“ As activities marking the countryâ€™s Centenary ended on Friday, a cross section of Nigerians have applauded President Goodluck Jonathan for making the celebration a rallying point to unite the citizens.
One of the respondents, Mr Frank Chibuike, a retired teacher said in Port Harcourt that the Nigerian nation â€œis a divine projectâ€™â€™.
Chibuike said that the centenary celebration by President Jonathan would engender a renewed hope among the citizens for a united country.
â€œI have never seen such a leader with a sense of judgment and love for his people like President Goodluck Jonathan, very committed to the unity of Nigeria.
â€œSome people may think Jonathanâ€™s hosting of the world to mark Nigeriaâ€™s 100 years is by chance, no, it is destiny,â€™â€™ he said.
Another person, Mr Napoleon Dike, a trader described the centenary celebration as a sign for future restoration of lost glories.
Dike said that Nigeriaâ€™s unity had come to stay in spite of the challenges of nation building, adding that the current problems were inevitable for every emerging nation.
According to him, Nigeria is indivisible no matter what some people may think; my gratitude goes to Mr President for emphasising more on the things that unite us.
Mr Darlington West, a youth activist said that the centenary celebration was a roadmap toward economic and cultural rehabilitation.
West, who described Nigeriaâ€™s tribal and ethnic diversity as strength, said that its heterogeneity was a designed for greater results.
He called on the president to continue to champion the countryâ€™s unity through his administrationâ€™s transformation agenda.