As Nigeria celebrates her 53rd independence anniversary on Tuesday, the Northern States Governors Forum, NSGF, has pleaded with Nigerians to exercise patience with their leaders as they strive to transform the country, assuring them that the nation will overcome the myriad of challenges currently confronting it.
The Chairman of the forum and Niger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, made the call in an independence anniversary message signed by his chief press secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.
He said the country may not have fared well in all the critical sectors of the economy, but has nevertheless made remarkable strides, especially in its steady march to freedom and respect for the rule of law.
The Forum said, “Daunting as our security and developmental challenges may appear, we are confident that the nation will emerge from this trying time stronger, more united and more prosperous”.
It urged citizens to live above sectional tendencies which could only compromise the growth of the nation.
The statement further tasked Nigerians on the need to imbibe the spirit of selflessness which the nation’s founding fathers preached and practiced.
“Nigeria will only attain lofty height if citizens are prepared to makes sacrifices,” the statement added, urging Nigerians to drop the dangerous mindsets, prejudices and biases that have held the nation down for a long time.