The Federal Capital Territory Minister, FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has called on Nigerians to continue to work towards the unity of the country and togetherness of all citizens.
The Minister made the call in a Statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye on Thursday in Abuja.
The ministry stressed the need for Nigerians to continue to strive to project those values that have always kept the country together as a single undivided entity.
Bello described the FCT as the symbol of Nigeria’s unity, adding that the burden to exemplify this symbol rests on the residents of the FCT.
“For every Nigerian, the dream of our founding fathers was to build a city that showcases our national aspirations.
“As Nigerians, our charge is to uphold these ideals. I charge everyone to use the opportunity provided by this 60th anniversary to demonstrate acts of unity and togetherness towards our neighbors and everyone else we come in contact with.
“As our nation turns 60, we are glad to note that FCT is in its 44 years of existence. In the period, the Territory has been blessed with an emergent Abuja generation.
“These are Abuja-born men and women who are today in their forties, thirties, twenties and tens. I, therefore, charge them to own the Abuja dream and work towards the preservation of our collective heritage.
The minister urged everyone to see the occasion as an opportunity to take stock of the great strides in nation-building and march to a brighter future, adding that “It is also a moment to pay tribute to the great men and women who have made great sacrifices to bring us to where we are today. These include all our nationalists, leaders, statesmen and citizens,” the minister said.
He also commended, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, for his exemplary leadership at this time of Nigeria’s history as an independent nation, saying that “his unique character and personality have done much to imbue hope in a greater future as well as in shaping our ethos in our transition to a brighter future.”
“I commend all health personnel, first responders and other partners who have worked hard and made sacrifices towards checking the COVID-19 pandemic which has threatened collective well-being, taken the lives of some of our loved ones, constrained our social interactions and hindered our economic progress.
“The virus remains a very deadly disease judging from the experiences of other countries, therefore, we urge everyone to always stay safe,” he added.