As the nation marks 61st anniversary of political independence amidst daunting security challenges, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has asked Nigerians to remain steadfast in their belief for a strong and united Nigeria.
The Governor, whose thoughts were contained in a statement signed by the Director General, Media and Publicity, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, observed that no nation could achieve its goals whose citizens are constantly in conflict with one another on account of divergent tendencies.
He said for Nigeria to develop into the country of our dream, we should make no room for tendencies that will exploit our fault lines and pitch one section against another in a needless confrontation.
“As the nation ages, our attitude should reflect the journey which has brought us this far together, and reason behind the journey, he said.
Governor Masari expressed worry at our tendency to regard the travails of the section of the country that is not ours with lackadaisical attitude, saying that such attitude is not helpful to the collective interest of the nation”.
“In the race towards building a better, stronger and united nation, we should not allow divisive sentiments to put us asunder”.
“We would do well to realise that whatever affects one part of Nigeria affects all of Nigeria, and it is in the interest of us all to collectively face any challenge affecting a section of the country, as doing otherwise will only give room for the adversity to envelope the whole country”.
“Let us also put aside our different tongues and creeds and confront our challenges as Nigerians”.
He also called for more support to President Muhammadu Buhari, to enable him succeed in repositioning the country towards the path of sustainable development.
He said the President needed our sustained commitment and prayers to enable him successfully continue in the path he has started to steer the nation through the numerous challenges confronting, and even threatening its corporate existence.
The Katsina State Governor also urged Nigerians to support and appreciate our security agencies in their efforts to bring an end to the various security challenges confronting the country.
Abdu Labaran Malumfashi