By Chizoba Ogbeche
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has called on the residents to be security conscious by reporting any suspicious activity within the territory to the security personnel.
The minister who gave this advice at the Eagle Square during the celebration of Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary, said this was necessary in order to guarantee the peace and unity of the seat of power.
The event which witnessed callisthenic display by about 40 public and private schools among others, was climaxed with presentation of trophies to winners and release of balloons by the minister to commemorate the anniversary.
The security personnel were seen at strategic locations to ensure the protection of lives and properties.
Bello urged Nigerians to be more security conscious and provide adequate information to the security personnel, saying President Muhammadu Buhari has secured Nigeria better than he met it.
According to him, “today for us as Nigerians is a very great day. Our democracy is 18 years today and we thank God for how far we have gone and how far he has kept us. We must together make Abuja truly the center of unity.
“We in the FCT are going to be law abiding as good citizens in line with the broadcast of President Muhammadu Buhari. We are working hard to improve on education, health among others. We must continue to build upon our togetherness and continue to fight corruption.
“With the beautiful display from our school children today it shows that there is hope for this country. We thank the founding fathers that have made FCT the center of unity. All of us should expand this concept of unity so that we will all continue to live together as one.
“This is clear manifestation of the unity we have in this country and it is something that we should not play with. As the President said today, everybody is a security officer. I commend security operatives in the country for this peaceful atmosphere because a few years ago what you celebrated today would have been unthinkable but for that, as a nation, we have to thank God”, he added.
The Senate Minority Whip, Philip Aduda, urged Nigerians at the occasion to continue to live as one entity for a better nation
Aduda, who expressed joy on the celebration said: “I feel happy and I want to congratulate Nigerians for this 57thIndependence Day celebration. This shows that we must continue to live as one entity that is called Nigeria. We must continue to love ourselves and together we can progress and make a better nation that we will all be proud of.”
Army Children School, Asokoro, took the 1st position, Festival Primary School, Area 10, came 2nd while Army Children School, Maitama settled for the 3rd position during the match past parade.
For the Junior Secondary Schools, Sheikh Abubakar Academy, came 1st, Junior Secondary School, Apo legislative quarters, took the 2nd position while Junior Secondary School, Kado-Kuchi came 3rd.
Government Girls Secondary School, Dutse was the overall winner in the Senior Secondary School category, Government Secondary School, Wuse Zone 3 took 2nd, while the Government Science Secondary School, Piakasa went home with the 3rd position.
Also present at the occasion were the FCT Police Commissioner, royal fathers and top government functionaries.