BUJUMBURA July 4th (ABP) – The President of the Republic of Burundi, Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye, sent, on Thursday, June 30, 2022, a message to the nation on the occasion of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the independence of Burundi under the theme “Duture igihugu cacu amaboko, umutima n’ubuzima, uburundi bugire iteka” (let us give our all to our country for it be honored).
In his message, the Head of State first wished all Burundians a happy independence anniversary and congratulated all the heroes who contributed to Burundi’s attainment to independence.
In that perspective, he continued to say that the attainment of Burundi to independence has brought us a great change in moving from darkness to light.
To be independent is to fight together the last periods of bitterness and injustice that we experienced during the colonial era, said the President of the Republic.
“May this celebration of joy and victory be an opportunity for us to make a decision and do worthy work to show that we are capable of working in peace,” he added.
By choosing the theme for the celebration of the 60th anniversary of independence, the President of the Republic meant that they wanted to show that we had not had independence to fold our arms, but rather to work in order to have the honor through development.
“The colonial period demolished the culture and customs of Burundians,” he deplored.
He asked all administrative officials to be exemplary in the fight against famine and poverty and to be exemplary in the love of work so that our country can develop”
On the same occasion, the President of the Republic asked all Burundians to team up in cooperatives and associations in order to fight together against poverty in our country.
In the sector of sustainable development, he indicated that Burundi has good arable land which allows the various food crops to evolve normally and have good harvests.
Agriculture is the pillar of development, he explained, indicating that good food is a source of good health and it allows us to work well. Burundi is a country that facilitates tourism and has many tourist sites, reassured the President of the Republic.
On the demographic level, the President of the Republic stressed that the rapid growth of the Burundian population is one of the challenges that hinder development.
He took the opportunity to remind all Burundians of family planning. According to the President of the Republic, even if a family works hard but procreates more, it will not be able to save. Children need to be fed, housed, to study and to be cared for. All this requires resources, underlined the Head of State, Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye.