02 October 2020 by Julian Osamoto
The National Institute For Legislative and Democratic Studies, NILDS, has advised Nigerians to use this year’s independence day celebration for sober reflection on how to build social cohesion and trust among themselves for unity and sustainable development of the country.
A statement from the Director General of NILDS Professor Abubakar Sulaiman, says in so doing Nigeria can become reliable and fulfill the dreams of the founding fathers.
In his words
“It gives me great pleasure to join other well meaning Nigerians on this occasion of the Nation’s 60th Independence celebration.
While any Diamond Anniversary in a Nation’s history calls for celebration and a time for stock taking, Nigeria’s 60th Anniversary is coming at an unusual time, no thanks to the Covid 19 global pandemic which has necessarily called for a subdued celebration and more of sober reflection”.
“This not with standing, is reassuring to note that the Federal Government has responded effectively in containing the magnitude of what would have been a disaster. I therefore wish to commend His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, for the continued strides being made to ensure that Nigerians gradually adjust to living under new normal’ situation”.
“While it is a fact that we are living in challenging times occassioned by the present security and socio-economic difficulties bedevilling the Nation , it should not make us also lose sight of the efforts of the Federal Government in confronting these and breaking new grounds in infrastructural development in the Country despite the dwindling resources”.
“For a discerning mind therefore , this is not the time to think of personal interests, discrimination or blame game, rather this is the time for solidarity and cooperation”.
While commending the men of the the Nigerian Armed Forces for their sacrifices in ensuring internal security as well the health workers who had continued to put in their best in stemming the tides of the pandemic, Prof Sulaiman expressed confidence that Nigeria will come out stronger at the end of this difficult phase.