By Balkis Tijani.
The former Minister for youth and sports development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi has congratulated Nigerians on the 60th Independence day celebration.
In a goodwill message to all Nigerians, Abdullahi described this year’s anniversary, which is a milestone in the nation’s history, as an opportunity for Nigeria to reflect on the progress and challenges of the last 60 years, while also looking forward to the promises of the future with fervent conviction that better days are ahead.
“I congratulate all Nigerians on our 60th Independence day celebration. Today, we celebrate our diversity, unity and strength as a sovereign nation under God, and while we may have been faced with numerous challenges over the years, we continue to prevail, triumph and conquer to the glory of God.
“As we continue to evolve into the full promise and aspiration of our founding fathers for a united, vibrant and economically stable country, we must renew our commitment to make this union work by promoting objectives, ideals and values that unite as a country rather than the ones that divide.
“We must shun divisive actions, stand firm for unity and believe in the strength in our diversity and population as a united and strong country to conquer every challenge and adversity.”
Abdullahi noted that as the country continues to evolve, the priorities of national and sub-national governments must reflect the needs of the people, particularly those that prioritize investment in human capital and provision of opportunities for young people. He added that no serious society can define its future in terms of its past alone.
“As we look forward to the future with hope and possibilities, I believe that government must realign its priorities to reflect our realities as a country. We must have a renewed focus on human capital development and transform education to achieve competitiveness, inclusive growth and rapid industrialisation.
“Genuine empowerment of the youth in terms of education and opportunities which develops their real capabilities will not only yield great dividends today but will set us on the path to sustainable development in the future,” the former minister said.
He called on government to create enabling environment for young people to realise their potential and maximize their creative ability for the socio-economic development of the country.
He concluded by wishing all Nigerians a happy celebration.