This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
Addressing the thousands of people at Wau stadium, state governor Rizik Zackaria Hussan congratulated the entire nation of South Sudan particularly the people of Western Bahr el Ghazal state for 2011 unanimous vote for separation.
“It is through your 2011 separation votes that is why we are celebrating this victory today, and it is through your 21 year that is why the people of South Sudan gained their own independence nation today,” Hussan told the crowd before loud jubilation hit Wau Stadium chanting in the name of South Sudan.
“As we voted for separation in 2011, each of us was aiming for self determination which comes in favour of our votes, therefore, we have to work in a support to our own Country,” the governor said.
He said that citizens have to work hard to challenge all the negative reports about South Sudan, promote good governance, protection of human rights, service delivery to the people, protection of our national integrity and fight against corruption.
Hassan called on South Sudan vice president Dr. Riek Machar Teny to work together with South Sudan president Kiir Mayardit in a shape of peace and national building.
“We have to work in unity to tell the old Sudan and the nationwide that we are united people in South Sudan based on building the new nation so that the whole world at large shall benefit from us,” said Hassan.
Lastly Hassan warned the state politicians who are struggling for powers not to use the innocent people as their shells through violence like what occurred in Wau town last year acknowledging that Western Bahr el Ghazal state is the most peaceful and secure state in South Sudan in terms of security.
The anniversary celebrations have been marked throughout the key towns in the state including Raga County, Wau County in Bagari and Jur River in Nyinakok main town.
In Wau town, thousands of people including different levels of schools students have also graced the event.
The celebration started with a colourful procession from Wau peace square opposite to the office of South Sudan’s ruling party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) secretariat to Wau main stadium where state leaders, churches groups, different political parties, UN representatives, section of state specially forces, and the general public were present.
Among the state officials who were at the stadium were the state governor Rizik Zackaria Hassan along with his state cabinet ministers and advisors, UN representative, sector one division commander Lt. Gen Gabriel Jok Riek, division five infantry commander Gen. David Deng Manyok and members from state Legislative Assembly.
“It was not easy for us as a whole to reach today, many people have lost their loved ones, properties and some veterans have lost their body parts like hands and legs, therefore, today is very importance in the milestone of South Sudan’s history,” SPLA Gen. David Deng Manyok for division five in Wau told the gathered.
General Manyok said it is time for the SPLA and the entire nation of South Sudan to reconcile because the SPLA forces have achieved most of their objectives.
“As the former guerrilla SPLA forces remains a South Sudan national army, we call on all forces that are for protecting the civilians not to misuse the weapons against their people,” said the commander.