President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his commitment to the protection and preservation of a united, peaceful, prosperous and secure Nigeria, where all, irrespective of background, can work to do exploit.
The President make this commitment during the nationwide broadcast in celebration of Nigeria’s 58 anniversary on Monday in Abuja.
President Buhari admonished all Nigerians to continue to promote the values, virtues and common aspirations that unite Nigerians rather than engaging in divisive tendencies.
He said: “As we celebrate the 58th Anniversary of our independence, we know we are on the right path. Although we have our differences, they count for far less than the values, virtues and common aspirations that unite us as a nation.
“We have so much for which we should be grateful, and in which we should rightly take pride.
“Our journey is not finished but we have come a long way.’’
President Buhari also pledged that his administration would continue to support initiatives aimed at addressing “the challenges of our times.’’
These challenges he outlined as global and regional crises and conflicts, terrorism, trans-border crime, climate change, human rights, gender equality, development, poverty and inequality within and between nations, etc.
“In this context, we are working hard to achieve both the AU 2063 Agenda for socio-economic transformation of our continent; and the UN 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, which together aim at addressing these challenges,’’ he added.
On development of democratic values and culture in the country, the president `confessed’ that the task was not an easy one.
“Developing a thriving democracy is not an easy task. There can be no quick fixes or short cuts.
“These are the most important lessons that we have learnt in our 58 years as an independent nation.’’
At the international level, President Buhari said Nigeria would continue to remain a responsible and respected member of the international community.
He assured that Nigeria would continue to play “active positive roles within ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations as well as all other regional and international organisations and institutions of which we are members.’’