by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
As Nigeria celebrates its 60 years’ Independence, today, 1st October 2020, the Sir Ahamdu Bello Memorial Foundation has called on leaders at all levels to step up efforts to confront challenges such as issues of banditry, Boko Haram insurgency, kidnappings, among others, so as restore hope to the ordinary Nigerian.
The foundation’s Managing Director, Alhaji Abubakar Umar, said in an anniversary message, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on this Thursday.
Umar said, “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,” he said.
He called on the nation’s policy makers and implementers to strive towards improvement of the quality of lives of citizens by aiming to attain the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals within the shortest possible time.
“We strongly believe that with our abundant human and natural resources, Nigeria can attain her desired goal of development, if systematic and coordinated steps are taken towards growth.
“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,” the director added.
According to him, “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.”