Nigeria at 60: Hon. Abdullahi Garba pleads for national unity and support for competent leaders

In his Independence Day message, the honorable member representing Kontagora/Wushishi/Mariga/Mashegu Federal constituency at the Federal House Representatives of Nigeria urged his fellow constituents, Nigerlites and Nigerians diaspora to consolidate on the nation’s great legacy and work together to ensure its progress for the greater good of everyone.

He also praised the current administration for making strides in its anti-corruption war, noting that the government has created an enabling environment for both local and foreign investment in Nigeria.

He also praised the Nigerian youths and highlighted the important role they play in the nation-building, and promised to continue to work tirelessly to promote, protect and preserve a united, peaceful, prosperous and secure Nigeria.

“In the same vein I call on very Nigerian leave politics to politicians who are manipulative in pursuit of narrow interests.”

The member, Hon. Abdullahi Idris Garba (Mai Solar), has called on Nigerians to be more actively involved in the nations politics and support competent leaders who can lead the charge to fulfill what he called “the Nigerian dream”. – Hon. Abdullahi

He said everyone must be committed towards building a united, peaceful, economically strong and internationally respected nation.

He noted that only a vigilant citizenry can ensure that the prospect of good governance and improved standards of living for all Nigerians will be guaranteed.

Read his full statement below:

“I congratulate my fellow constituents, Nigerlites and all Nigerians in diaspora on the occasion of this year’s Independence Day anniversary and pray our country will continue to exist in peace and unity, with continuous development across the nation.

“At this point in our collective history, democracy has come to stay in Nigeria. All Nigerians should see today, the occasion of our nation’s 60th Anniversary, as an opportunity to redefine what really constitutes ‘the Nigerian dream.’ We must rally around this dream and support leaders who are capable, competent and prepared to realise this dream for all Nigerians.

“All of us must not neglect to participate in today’s politics by leaving the political choices to only the politicians and manipulative elements who choose to invoke religious, ethnic and geo-political sentiments to impose leadership that is only supported for the purpose of serving the interests of those who put them in office (political cabals).

“It is our every duty as good citizens of our beloved country to re-dedicate ourselves to the ideals of defining our personal interests in line with the realisation of our national objectives.

Our main national objectives should be to build a united, peaceful, economically strong and internationally respected nation, with a robust military, a well-motivated workforce, ambitious youth and fulfilled citizens.

“These ideals are what we, as Nigerians, should aspire after.

“Nigerians should not allow government officials and politicians to continue manipulating them in pursuit of narrow interests. It is only manipulation that will allow voters to ignore the competence, experience, suitability and temperament of aspirants for public office and rather focus on where they come from and how they worship their God.

“Today, as we celebrate our 60th Independence Anniversary, Nigerians should vow that the leader who will lead the country when it is celebrating its 60th anniversary must be one who would have set this country on the path of genuine socio-economic development and political greatness.

“Nigerians, we must not be complacent. Voters should be ready at all times to intervene when government starts to derail from our national objectives. Voters should intervene when government places personal and group interests above national interests. Never again, must we allow leaders who behave as emperors, maximum rulers or messiahs and their cabals to seize control of our government and its machinery.

“With a vigilant citizenry that is well-informed and involved in monitoring government activities, officials and programmes, the prospect of good governance and improved standards of living for all Nigerians will be guaranteed.”

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