The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has enjoined Nigerians to stick together to achieve the best potential of the nation.
This was the kernel of in a statement issued today by Lanre Issa-Onilu, national publicity secretary of the party, to mark Nigeria’s 59th Independence anniversary.
“As a nation, we are better together than we are apart. Hence, we must be wary of those who hide under religion, politics, tribe and sundry groupings to turn us against one another. Despite our perceived differences, our strength and progress depends on our ability to harness our rich diversity,” the party said.
“In spite of the inherited and our current challenges, President Muhammadu Buhari administration has made commendable strides on so many fronts, most significantly the fight against graft, diversifying and revamping the economy, curbing insurgency and emerging crimes, promoting positive values in our national life, strengthening our democratic institutions and processes and achieving a respectable international standing.
“Finally, we admonish well meaning Nigerians to engage only in acts that would heal our fault lines by promoting ethnic and religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence, which would engender Nigeria’s growth and development.
“As Africa’s most populous nation, we can do much better, given our natural resources and potential. The President Buhari administration is committed to building on and affirming our Giant of Africa status”, the statement said.
The APC lauded the Nigerian Armed Forces for the sacrifices so far made to keep the nation together and to protect the lives of Nigerians, particularly recalling the men and offices who had paid the supreme price in defense of the nation.
“We remember and salute our founding fathers who fought for the independence of our great country and also members of our Armed Forces, many of whom have paid the supreme sacrifice to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity and keep our country united,” it said.