Leaders Express Hope For Nigeria At 60

Kaduna Governor Nasiru Elrufai has pardoned 30 prisoners serving their sentences within the state.

He announced this in a broadcast to mark the 60th independence anniversary.

Governor Elrufai explained that, he accepted the recommendations of the state advisory council on prerogative of mercy.

He said twenty five convict are to be released while others have their sentences reduce including committal death sentences.

He commiserated with people affected by insecurity in the area and promised that the state was working with the federal government to find lasting and sustainable solutions to the situation.

Patriotism for the country

The Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, Chief Mudashiru Obasa, says the unity of Nigeria is sacrosanct.

In a statement, Chief Obasa, who is the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, said their was no option but to show utmost respect for the country, which he said would entrench patriotism. 

The speaker urged those agitating for self-determination to, “reconsider the axiom that that there is strength in unity.

A term he said the country’s founding fathers held tenaciously in the quest to make Nigeria a better place.

FCT symbol of unity

In the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello emphasized the need for residents project values that have always kept the country together, describing the FCT as the symbol of Nigeria’s unity, where national values must be projected.

“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”, he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, donated 50 camp gas and food items to some Trademore subscribers, in Lugbe, affected by flood.  

The minister who visited the scene of the flood, said celebrating the anniversary with affected residents, was to give them hope for a better tomorrow.

Kano Deputy Governor Dr Gawuna in Independence regalia

Aminu Dalhatu, additional reporting by Barnabas Hunjo in Lagos and Remi Johnson in Abuja

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