President urges all to follow path of Bangabandhu

DHAKA, Aug 14, 2018 (BSS) – President Md Abdul Hamid today urged all to follow the path shown by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and devote themselves to turn the country into ‘Golden Bangla’.

In a message on the eve of National Mourning Day, he said, though the assassins killed Father of the Nation, they could not wipe out his principles and ideals.

The president said the 15th August is the National Mourning Day and the 43rd martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“It is a tragic day in the history of the Bangali nation. With heavy heart, I pay my deep homage to the memory of Bangabandhu. I pray to the Almighty Allah for the salvation of the departed souls of all the martyrs on this National Mourning Day,” he added.

On this day in 1975, the undisputed leader and Father of the Nation was brutally assassinated at his residence by a group of killers with the connivance of anti-liberation forces, the president said, adding that his wife Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, sons Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal, Sheikh Russel and some near and dear ones were also assassinated along with Bangabandhu.

This barbarous occurrence was rare not only in the history of Bangladesh but also in the history of the world, Hamid said.

“Bangabandhu was the visionary leader of Bangali Nation and the architect of our independence. Since the historic Language Movement in 1952, he led the nation at every struggle and democratic movement including Juktafront Election in 1954, movement against Martial Law in 1958, Six-Point Movement in 1966, Mass Upsurge in 1969 and the General Election in 1970, all of which were directed towards attaining the right to self-determination. Bangabandhu had never compromised on the rights of our people,” he added.

After crossing manifold acclivities and declivities, the great leader finally declared country’s independence on March 26, 1971 and the Bangali achieved ultimate victory through a nine-month-long armed struggle under his leadership, the president continued.

The world renowned Newsweek Magazine, in its issue on 5 April 1971, termed Bangabandhu as the “Poet of Politics” which marked the firm conviction and deep reverence by the world community to the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he said, adding, “He was a man of unmatched courage having steadfast personality like the Himalayas. At gun point, he asked the killers with a thundering voice, “What do you want?”

The well-being of Bangla, Bangali and Bangladesh used to nourish in the belief of Bangabandhu. For his outstanding contributions, Bangabandhu and Bangladesh thus emerged as a unique symbol to the people of Bangladesh, the president said.

Along with political independence, Bangabandhu had dreamt of a happy and prosperous Bangladesh in order to attain people’s economic emancipation, Hamid said, adding that he elevated the war torn country into a stable position.

“The defeated forces of the liberation war tried to stop the advancement of the nation by killing him. Though the killers were temporarily successful but in the long run they have been dumped into the ash heap of the history,” he said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu, has embarked Bangladesh upon a remarkable journey towards development and prosperity, Hamid said, adding that Bangladesh already transformed into a lower middle income country and graduated from least developed country (LDC) to a developing one.

Bangladesh is now marching ahead in every aspect of socio-economic indicator attaining continuous economic growth, raising per capita income, launching of satellite into the space, building Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, implementing mega projects like the Padma Bridge by own resources, the president said.

“In line with current development, I am confident that Bangladesh would be a developed country by 2041, InshaAllah,” he added.

The country is now free of disgrace by the trial of the tragic killing of 15th August. The verdict of fugitive killers will soon come into force – this is the expectation of the countrymen on the National Mourning Day, Hamid said.