The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has advised Nigerian leaders to avoid the pitfalls of the past that hindered the country’s march to progress, unity and prosperity.
Mr Emmanuel Yawe, ACF National Publicity Secretary, said in an anniversary message on Wednesday in Kaduna.
“As Nigeria turns 60, the ACF advices her leaders and elites to turn a new leaf and avoid the pitfalls of the past that have hindered our march to progress, unity and prosperity.
“Our leaders must come up with imaginative policies that will make the black race proud of Nigeria as the biggest black nation on earth.
”We must strive to shake off the image of marvelous scammers that is conjured up in the minds of many whenever it is announced that a Nigerian is around all over the world,” he said.
Yawe said that the forum felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian people on the 60th anniversary of Nigeria as an independent nation.
“Given our resources, both material and human, Nigeria should have achieved greater heights.
” We are a nation blessed with unlimited resources from God Our greatest undoing is poor, vision less leadership which has failed to take advantage of these God given gifts to build a virile, progressive nation.
“The country has since independence been mired in short sighted, mind boggling corruption that has shocked her citizens and the world.
“The Nigerian military which fought heroically to keep the country one has become a shadow of itself, overwhelmed by a rag tag army,” he said.( NAN)