Plateau state Governor Simon Bako Lalong is asking Nigerians to rally together and defend the nation’s democracy from forces that seek to create instability and chaos by putting national interest above personal or group interests.
Governor Lalong, Sunday, said at an inter-denominational church service to mark the 2021 Democracy Day held at the Government House Chapel, Rayfield, Jos that, “This special day reminds us that it is an occasion we should cherish and also use to rebuild our confidence and patriotism in Nigeria.”
In a statement by his director of press, Dr. Makut Macham, Lalong admitted that the democratic journey, particularly since the return to civilian rule 22 years ago has not been easy, but there is hope that the nation will overcome its current challenges.
“The task of building the nation is a collective one which all of us must partake in. There is no doubt that Nigeria is facing many challenges today, ranging from insecurity, unemployment, poverty and unity.
“These are not problems that began yesterday but an accumulation of our journey to nationhood. We should never give up on our nation or make negative confessions about its destiny,” he said.
Lalong stated further that despite the seemingly overwhelming difficulties, Nigerians must rise to the occasion both as leaders and citizens to advance practicable solutions and play active roles in resolving the dark cloud of uncertainty.
“This is not the time to sit and throw blames at one another, but be focused on the task of building a stronger, united and virile Nigeria,” he said.