Nigeria at 57: We must blend our differences to achieve our dreams – Dogara

As Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary is here, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs), Turaki Hassan, urged Nigerians to strengthen the bond of unity and cohesion as a people of common interest and destiny in the process of nation-building.

Highlights:

  • The Speaker who noted that Nigeria would only attain greatness in an atmosphere of peace, unity and stability, also enjoined the citizens to shun every harbinger of hate, division and violence.
  • “May I use the occasion of this year’s Independence Anniversary to urge us all to reflect on those things that unite and bring us together as a people, and shun individuals and groups with divisive tendencies.”
  • “At this time, more than any other, we must adopt the right strategies  and utilize the advantages of our diversity to our benefit as well as blend our differences for positive outcomes in the process of building the  Nigeria of our dream.”
  • “True independence will continue to elude us until and unless we attain independence from tribalism, sectionalism, primodialism, religious extremism, partisan political bigotry, materialism, corruption and ancillary forms of retrogressive tendencies that threatened to consign us to the forgotten age.”

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