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Funke Banjoko, First Elected Black in Canada’s Municipality Speaks on Expectations of Nigerians From Tinubu

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A Nigerian, who is the first black person to be elected in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta in Canada, Funke Banjoko, has appealed to Nigeria’s President, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to endeavour to meet the expectations of Nigerians to fix the country.

Banjoko, the Councillor representing Ward One in the municipality, who was speaking on Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day celebration, expressed optimism that the restoration of the country is possible.

In her patriotic message titled “Proudly Nigerian Canadian”, she said, “So, I feel for the President and I will say that he doesn’t have the easiest job, but someone has to do it.

“We are actually expectant this time. This is the time to actually look at the situation, think and let’s be humble about it. So, President Tinubu should help us fix Nigeria,” she stressed.

Also according to Banjoko, “There is a broken system that needs to be fixed now. The first thing is to recognise the fact that there is a problem. The whole world is looking up to Nigeria. There is no way that Nigeria is not mentioned across the globe. And when they mentioned Nigeria, they know there is excellence attached.

“Nigeria has gained so much respect worldwide; we need to be able to go home. They need to do us that honour, and give us solutions to our problems. I know it is not going to be a soft landing, but I am happy that we have now come to the realisation to take a break from the celebration and rethink, restrategize and let us focus on rebuilding and we have to face the fears of insecurity,” she said.

Banjoko, who scored the highest vote in the entire last municipality election, noted that there are great expectations and all Nigerians must rise to the occasion and contribute their quota towards building a prosperous nation.

“We are now expectant; we have got to that point. It is not only the people back at home, it is all of us. I am happy we went to take a break this year to actually reassess our situation and have a rethink, not only those in Nigeria but all of us.

“Is this the Nigeria that Awolowo, Zik and co fought for? Where is that Nigeria? That’s what we are looking for.

“It is not the same Nigeria that these men of high standard, and any standard in the world fought for, and 63 years after we can’t progress. In fact, if they take us to the beginning it would have been better.

“It’s certainly challenging to declare any celebration. I/we hope the men and women in the driver’s seat will take a moment to reflect, rethink, and strategize. Restoration is possible. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Banjoko added.

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