President Md. Abdul Hamid has given the following message on the occasion of the Homecoming Day of Bangabandhu :
”10th January is the ‘Homecoming Day’ of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. On this memorable day, I recall this great leader with profound respect.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Father of the Nation and the greatest Bangalee of all time was the proclaimer of Independence. He was a great Statesman and the voice of deprived, oppressed and down-trodden people of the world as well as the source of inspiration. Starting from Language Movement of 1952, this great leader led every movement towards attaining self-determination of the Bangalees including the 6-point movement in 1966, mass-upsurge in 1969 and the General Election of 1970. Finally he declared country’s historic independence at the early hours on March 26, 1971. After that he was instantly arrested by the Pakistani Army and sent to Pakistan prison. On this day in 1972, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned to the newly born independent Bangladesh after being freed from Pakistani prison where he passed an uncertain life for about nine and a half month.
People from all walks of life were overwhelmed with joy and enthusiasm on his return to independent Bangladesh from Pakistan jail, facing deadly challenges, which was the ultimate result of his life-long struggle and dream. Hundreds of thousands of people came out on the road from Airport to the then Race-course Maidan to greet him, which was an unprecedented sight.
Returning from the gallows, on this day, the undisputed leader of Bangalee nation uttered with emotion at Race-course Maidan, “My lifelong dream comes true. Today my golden Bengal is an independent and sovereign state. … We have achieved Independence. So long as a single Bangalee is alive, this independence will not be allowed to go in vain.”
The patriotism and love for the country of Father of the Nation is extraordinary in the chequered history. He loved the country more than his life which was echoed in his speech on 10th January. He said, “From now if anybody wants to snatch the independence of Bangladesh, then Mujib will be the first to sacrifice his life in order to protect independence.” It is my firm belief that so long as we remain imbued with the ideal of Bangabandhu, our independence and sovereignty will remain safe. Our great leader Bangabandhu, on that day, urged all to build a ‘Sonar Bangla’ (Golden Bengal). I hope that we shall be able to materialise the dream of Bangabandhu by rendering our respective duties imbued with the spirit of patriotism, inshallah.
On this day, I call upon all irrespective of party affiliation to work unitedly to build a happy and prosperous Bangladesh.
Khoda Hafez, May Bangladesh Live Forever.”