Former head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), has taken a cursory look at the security situation in the nation, saying he is very troubled about the current security challenges.
Abubakar expressed this feeling yesterday in Ilorin, while speaking at the commissioning of the re-modeled State General Hospital in Ilorin.
His words: “As someone who has watched our country triumph over a civil war and several other crises and had the privilege of supervising our country’s return to democracy, I am troubled by the challenges that currently confront our country.”
Abubakar, however, expressed optimism that the country would soon overcome them.
“However, I have no doubt in my mind that our country will overcome these transient challenges and take its rightful place in the league of prosperous nations.
“Indeed, acts of good governance such as demonstrated by your government’s youth development efforts and today’s opening of this beautiful edifice as well as the entrenchment of equity and justice can hold the promise of restoring our people’s faith in this country and strengthening our preparedness to work together to build the Nigeria we all desire and deserve,” he said.
The former Nigerian leader, who congratulated the beneficiaries of the hospital project, implored them to make the best use of the facilities, through effective patronage to meet their health needs.
“It is only in so doing that you can justify the government’s huge investment in the scheme. Let me call government at all levels to continue to implement programmes and projects that will elevate our people and provide them with sustainable standards of living.
“Your determination to put this hospital back to shape is a clear confirmation of your love for the people of Kwara State and determination to positively affect their lives.
“Furthermore, your efforts to create shared prosperity in your state and that of other state governments that have shown commitment to improve the lives of their people, is a silver lining in the cloud hovering over our country at this time.”
Earlier in his speech, the state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed had said that through his administration’s “surveillance efforts, advocacy programmes and targeted interventions such as free medical care for pregnant women and under-fives, we have reduced maternal and child mortality and also created in our people the need to better take care of themselves and their environment through simple everyday measures.”
Source: Daily Newswatch


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