- The director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Idayat Hassan, has said that the centre is celebrating with millions of Nigerians
- Hassan said the CDD has a message of for Nigeria on her diamond jubilee celebration
- According to Hassan, Nigeria can surmount all of its challenges through the commitment to good leadership and the right framework for governance
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Joining millions of Nigerians across the globe to celebrate Nigeria's 60th Independence anniversary, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has said that the dream of every citizen to have a desired nation is possible.
The centre in a statement signed by its director, Idayat Hassan, on Thursday, October 1, said Nigeria can overcome all the challenges of nation-building through unity.
Hassan while congratulating fellow Nigerians on the diamond jubilee said CDD remains optimistic that the diversity of Nigeria can be built on to become a source of strength.
She said despite the challenges of what appears to be an unending sectarian conflict and instability, the CDD fervently believes in the possibility of a new Nigeria where problems of hunger, malnutrition, lack of infrastructure, maternal mortality among many others would be a thing of the past.
According to Hassan, CDD is of the view that Nigeria’s diversity, and its attempt to be a melting pot of various histories, cultures and identities, is not the problem.
She said Nigeria's problem is the lack of leadership and the right framework for governance to harness the vast resources inherent in these diversities. Hassan said:
"CDD believes the right leadership can harness the diversity, creativity and boundless energies of the Nigerian population and make these attributes the basis of a strong, stable and efficient federation anchored around the rule of law and popular participation."
She also said the centre believes that this generation of Nigerians must work to fulfil the mission of realising the manifest destiny of our country.
She added that Nigeria’s democracy if properly nurtured will become the instrument for the realisation of our long sought after national goals and aspirations.
She further stated that 60-years after the attainment of independence, Nigeria’s democracy should begin to head in the direction of delivering quality, efficient and effective social goods and services to the long-suffering citizens of our country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the immediate past Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, had warned Nigerians against pursuing the federal character at the expense of merit and competence.
Sanusi said it is important for all Nigerians to understand that merit and requisite performance must be revered than the doctrine of federal character.
Also speaking as Nigeria celebrates her independence, members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria are of the opinion that there is nothing good about the country.
The bishops said the current state of the nation is worrisome and that there is nothing to celebrate about Nigeria.
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