The All Progressives Congress (APC) has sent a message of unity to mark Nigeria’s 59th Independence Anniversary.
The ruling party, in a statement issued on Monday, congratulated Nigerians and also equally admonished citizens to shun divisive tendencies as the country was better off as an indivisible entity.
In the statement issued in Abuja by its spokesman, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party paid tribute to the founding fathers of the Nigerian nation.
“We remember and salute our founding fathers who fought for the independence of our great country and also members of our Armed Forces, many of whom have paid the supreme sacrifice to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity and keep our country united,” the party stated.
The APC also added that “As a nation, we are better together than we are apart. Hence, we must be wary of those who hide under religion, politics, tribe and sundry groupings to turn us against one another. Despite our perceived differences, our strength and progress depend on our ability to harness our rich diversity.
“Inspite of the inherited and our current challenges, President Muhammadu Buhari administration has made commendable strides on so many fronts, most significantly the fight against graft, diversifying and revamping the economy, curbing insurgency and emerging crimes, promoting positive values in our national life, strengthening our democratic institutions and processes and achieving a respectable international standing.
“Finally, we admonish well-meaning Nigerians to engage only in acts that would heal our fault lines by promoting ethnic and religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence, which would engender Nigeria’s growth and development.
“As Africa’s most populous nation, we Nigerians can do much better, given our natural resources and potential. The President Buhari administration is committed to building on and affirming our Giant of Africa status”, APC declared.