The All Progressive Congress (APC) called on Nigerians to watch out for people planning the division in the country.
The party in power said this on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the country’s independence.
Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC National Publicity Secretary in a statement Monday, praised the founding fathers of Nigeria who fought for independence, as well as members of the military, who paid the supreme sacrifice to defend the integrity and territorial unity of the country.
He said: “As a nation, we are better together than we are apart. Hence, we must be wary of those who hide under religion, politics, tribe and sundry groupings to turn us against one another. Despite our perceived differences, our strength and progress depends on our ability to harness our rich diversity.
“In spite of the inherited and our current challenges, President Muhammadu Buhari administration has made commendable strides on so many fronts, most significantly the fight against graft, diversifying and revamping the economy, curbing insurgency and emerging crimes, promoting positive values in our national life, strengthening our democratic institutions and processes and achieving a respectable international standing.
“Finally, we admonish well meaning Nigerians to engage in acts that would heal our fault lines by promoting ethnic and religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence, which would engender Nigeria’s growth and development.
“As Africa’s most populous nation, we can do much better, given our natural resources and potential. The President Buhari administration is committed to building on and affirming our Giant of Africa status.”