“We must work together to make Nigeria great” – Buratai

The Nigerian Ambassador to the Benin Republic, Amb. Tukur Buratai has called on all Nigerians to join hands and work together towards making Nigeria a great nation.

Buratai made the call at the 2021 Our Nigeria News Awards, organised by Our Nigeria Magazine, with the theme: “Nigeria is Our Nigeria: We Must Join Hands Together To Make It Work Or We Perish Together,” on Friday in Abuja.

The former army chief commended the management of the magazine for conceptualising the concept of recognising and rewarding excellence.

He said the event had provided the opportunity to recognise excellence and hard work, as well as to encourage those who were doing their best to contribute to society to keep doing the good works.

According to him, “what is most important is what are we contributing to the development of the society and the development of our country as well as progress, peace, and security that we need.

“Tonight, I know it’s a time to honor some of our country’s best to honour those whose work exemplifies the standards and values that elicit admiration and respect, not only from Nigeria and Nigerians but also from the West African sub-region.

“And of course, nobody; and I reiterate that Nigeria is the only country we have. So we must all join hands together to make it work and we must work towards peace and make this country better than we met it.

“There is nothing that can be compared to peace, but peace just doesn’t happen, it is something that must be constructively and consciously worked for,” he said.

The chairman of the occasion retired Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Haruna, said the awards for those who had been adjudged to have contributed to the development of Nigeria are a good development.

The Publisher of the magazine, Dr. Abubakar Dani, said there is the need to emphasize some of the things that are going well while speaking out against what is wrong.

Dani said the awards were in recognition of the outstanding contributions of the recipients to national development in different spheres of life.

Twenty-four Nigerians, including politicians, public servants, technocrats, professionals, philanthropists, and traditional rulers, were honoured.

Some of the beneficiaries include the Chairman/Chief Executive, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, San. Rochas Okorocha, Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, and Sen. Bassey Etuk, among others.

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