26 March 2021 By Remi Johnson
Nigerians have been urged to embrace unity and peace irrespective of political or ethnic affiliations, for the country to meaningfully compete on the global scale of development of Comity of nations.
The call was made at a forum organized by the FCT Archives and History Bureau, to mark twenty twenty Nigeria’s 60th anniversary in Abuja.
The 2020 Nigeria’s 60th Anniversary celebration, tagged: “Nigeria Diamond Jubilee: Standing together at 60,” brought together great minds to speak on the need for leaders at all levels, to brace up to the task of making Nigeria a better place for future generations.
On the occasion, the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola commended the sacrifices of Nigeria’s founding fathers, Sir Tafawa Balewa, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Chief Nnamdi Azikiwe and Chief Obafemi Awolowo; and called on all citizens to prioritise issues of national interest than personal ones.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Acting Secretary, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr Ibe Prospect, stressed the need for citizens to avoid acts capable of jeopardizing peaceful coexistence.
In his welcome address, Director, FCT Archives and History Bureau, Mr chukwukelu Peter who maintained that the challenges confronting the country were not insurmountable, pointed out that living together as an indivisible entity was key to stabilising and sustaining the nation’s democracy.
“…the changes are taking place, eventually Nigeria will be better. We have problems of leadership over the years. Leadership is not just presidency, we have leadership in your home… your children, how do you bring them up? People that turn bad eggs are children brought up from families. So long as we keep doing the right thing, Nigeria will get better”
Speaking on the theme”_Standing together @ 60″ A lecturer from the University of Abuja, Professor Philip Akpen attributed the challenges confronting the country to inherent internal problems, such as regional, ethnic, political instability, religious, unemployment, poverty among others, said the time to call “a spade a spade” is now.
Contributing, Executive Director, Center For Peace Building and Social Economic Development, Dr Ayokunle Fagbemi, appealed to government to stop paying lips service to insecurity challenges, rape and other crimes.
Fagbami also called on all those in position of governance to abide by their oaths of office and the constitution of the country.
“…We want to plead with all public officers elected or appointed to kindly obey the rules and regulations contained in the constitution, particularly in ensuring that we build a united Nigeria. The security breaches we have been having had manifested in diverse forms…”
The event which was well attended by top Government functionaries, such as the Chief of Garki, Usman Nga kupi and other Nigerians, unanimously expressed optimism, that with round pegs in round holes, Nigeria will overcome all her challenges.