Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has called on Nigerians to fire up the spirit of patriotism that propelled our founding fathers in our quest to build a united, indivisible and prosperous nation.
He made the call in a radio and television broadcast in Minna on Sunday to mark the nation’s 57th independence day celebration.
The governor maintained that we need to take our commitment beyond the remarkable achievements of our founding fathers by reflecting on the gains and lessons learnt over the years in order to take charge of the challenges ahead.
According to the governor, “we need to take it ( our commitment) beyond our hero’s past to reflect on the gains and lessons learnt over the years to take charge and face the challenges of our time.
“The tributes we pay to our fallen and living heroes must not end alone on our lips as we sing the National anthem, but must be evident in our character of selflessness and sense of responsibility that characterized the lives of our heroes”.
Governor Sani Bello further said that for the nation to actualise her corporate vision, “we should understand the need to respect our differences and appreciate our diversities. We are one people under God, North or South, we are all Nigerians that have one destiny netted together in project Nigeria”.
He then emphasised the need for all Nigerians to coexist without acrimony, rancor and hostility, rather with compassion and mutual respect for one another, in our bid to overcome our challenges as a nation.
The governor used the celebration to assure Nigerlites of his administration’s commitment to remain focus in delivering people oriented projects that will have direct positive impact on the lives of masses and transform the critical sectors of the state.
He maintained that the ongoing transformations of his administration in the state are meant to strengthen the foundations of her economy and social life, create jobs and enhance productivity.