The Sir Ahamdu Bello Memorial Foundation, has called on leaders at all levels to step up efforts to confront the myriads of challenges confronting the country, in order to restore hope of ordinary Nigerians.
This is contained in a message issued on Thursday in Kaduna by the Managing Director of the Foundation, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary.
“At the diamond age of 60, the country has everything to celebrate despite all the challenges that come with nation building.
“We have a lot of achievements to showcase to a large extent, we have used our diversity, size and resources to project a strong, united nation with promise of growth.
“It is however imperative to note that the country is in its trying times, facing challenging issues of banditry, Boko Haram insurgency, kidnappings, unemployment, economic downturn, environmental disasters, COVID– 19 and other health problems.”
The foundation, therefore, called on the nation’s policy makers and implementers to strive towards the improvement of the quality of lives of citizens by aiming to attain the UN Sustainable Development Goals within the shortest possible time.
It expressed strong belief that Nigeria’s abundant human and natural resources, if systematically coordinated, will lead to the enormous growth of the country.
“We salute the resilience and steadfastness of all Nigerians, hoping that the next phase of our national life will be much better for all of us.
“A strong, united and prosperous nation is what our founding fathers like the late Sir Ahmadu Bello and his contemporaries would have wished to see Nigeria become.”
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed