- Lanre Issa-Onilu
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged Nigerians to shun divisive tendencies as the country marks its 59th Independence Anniversary.
In its independence message, the party congratulated Nigerians for their sacrifice and understanding, admonishing that the country is better off as an indivisible entity. According to the Party; “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.”
In a statement issued Monday in Abuja by its spokesman, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC noted that in the face of glaring challenges, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has triumphed, recording giant strides in all sectors of the economy.
The statement further said; “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 depend on our ability to harness our rich diversity.
“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.”
The APC also charged Nigerians to shun divisive tendencies adding; “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.”
Assuring that the President Buhari administration is committed to building on and affirming Nigeria’s Giant of Africa status, the party said: “As Africa’s most populous nation, we Nigerians can do much better, given our natural resources and potential.”