Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has urged Nigerians to renew their beliefs in one united country.
He spoke on the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th anniversary marked at the Kano Pillars Stadium, Kano.
Ganduje said this year’s Independence Day is by every reason, worth celebrating with songs and praises to God, for keeping us together as one indivisible people for 60 years.
He noted that Nigerians need the help of one another to survive and must aggregate its strengths and focus on making the country strong.
He explained that no region or a section of the country would have made it much as the country has collectively achieved if it were to operate alone as a dissociated unit.
Ganduje, who reassured of his commitment to serve the people of Kano, said in the last five years, the State has recorded huge achievements worth celebrating even in the face of COVID-19.
He added that the relative peace being enjoyed in Kano State alone is worth celebrating.
The governor, however, lamented that Nigeria was celebrating at a time when the global community is ravaged by COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought health casualties and economic difficulties, spreading fear and panic all over the world.
“Reflecting on our journey in the last 60 years as a nation, there is every reason to sing songs and praises to Almighty Allah, who in his infinite mercies, has kept us together, despite our challenges.
“We all need one another to survive. There is no one part of Nigeria that can do it all alone and still weigh or command the kind of influence Nigeria currently enjoys in the comity of nations.
“I wish to use this opportunity to make a passionate appeal more than ever before, that we must renew our belief in Nigeria and play our parts diligently.
“In this trying and challenging time, we must aggregate our strengths and be united in focus to make our nation stronger and stronger.
“I send hearty congratulations to all Nigerians on this day, as we justifiably celebrate our collective energies and sacrifices of our forebearers that led to this joyous moment.
“I urge all Nigerians, particularly the clergies in mosques and churches as well as traditional authorities to pray fervently to keep our nation safe,” he said.