By Stanley Onyekwere
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has said that the burden to exemplify Nigeria’s unity symbol rests on the residents of the Territory as FCT is the symbol of the nation’s unity.
Bello also called on residents of the Territory to continue to work towards the unity of the country and togetherness of all citizens.
Making this point in his message to FCT residents on the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, the Minister stressed the need for residents to continue to strive to project those values that have always kept the country together as a single undivided entity.
According to him, “For us in the FCT, the dream of our founding fathers was to build a city that showcases our national aspirations. As residents, our charge is to uphold these ideals.
“ I urge all residents to use the opportunity provided by this 60th anniversary to demonstrate acts of unity and togetherness towards our neighbors and everyone else we come in contact with”.
Hr added that, “As our nation turns 60, we are glad to note that FCT is in its 44 years of existence. In the period, the Territory has been blessed with an emergent Abuja generation.
“These are Abuja-born men and women who are today in their forties, thirties, twenties and tens. I therefore charge them to own the Abuja dream and work towards the preservation of our collective heritage”.
The Minister also used the occasion to commend health personnel, first responders and other partners who have worked hard and made sacrifices towards checking the COVID 19 pandemic which according to him, “has threatened has collective wellbeing, taken the lives of some of our loved ones, constrained our social interactions and hindered our economic progress”.