FCT Minister warns Nigerians against forces of disintegration



 FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, on Thursday in Abuja urged Nigerians to stand firm forces out to disintegrate the country.

Bello gave the advice in a message he sent to an exhibition and symposium to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary, by FCT Archives and History Bureau.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports Bello’s message was delivered by Mr Adamu kusherki, Director, Office of the Minister.

The also enjoined Nigerians to follow in the footsteps of heroes who stood firm in the face of colonialism and oppression to lay the first stone upon which the country’s stands.

According to him, Nigeria today, sits on a foundation forged from the ideals of unity, strength and a deep sense of national pride.

He explained the ideals of Nigeria’s unity were mooted and exemplified by the founding fathers and over the years, had propelled the country to greatness.

“We owe a duty to these national heroes to keep their dreams alive by upholding these ideals, especially as we now confront opposing and misguided elements seeking to undo what has taken 60 years of our collective efforts to build.

“There is the to join President Muhammadu Buhari and the majority of Nigerians to stand firm forces seek to divide, rather than unite us and honour the memories and sacrifices of our past heroes.

“Let us the process of building a strong, virile and prosperous nation of which all desirous,’’ he advised.

Bello reminded Nigerians the FCT was also built on the ideals of unity and the vision of the nation’s founding fathers as a territory which every Nigerian could call home.

“Let us be inspired by the efforts of our heroes and work hard to uphold their vision,’’ the ’s message read.

He urged the Archives and History Bureau to intensify efforts at telling the story of past heroes beyond the photo exhibitions and intellectual engagements on special occasions such as this.

“It is imperative many people are made to understand the history of our great nation and appreciate why we to forge ahead as an indivisible, united, strong and proud Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ the message added.

Bello stated the theme of the exhibition was apt as it sought to draw consciousness to the acts of selflessness and sacrifices made by the founding fathers of the country.

The theme of the exhibition and symposium is “Celebrating Our Heroes Past’’.

Earlier, the Director of the bureau, Mr Peter Chukwukelu, stressed the for proper records keeping and management.

Chukwukelu explained the event was one of the series of annual symposia and exhibitions by the bureau.

“The occasion is unique because of its landmark significance in providing us the singular to relive our past experiences and cherished values as an independent great nation.

gathered to be part of the independence symposium and one-week exhibition on the socio-cultural and political history of our great country, Nigeria in commemoration of our independence.’’ he said. (NAN)