President Muhammadu Buhari has unveiled the `Buhari Unity WristBand’ while reiterating his administration’s commitment to safeguard the unity of Nigeria.
The president, who inaugurated the Buhari Unity (Wrist) Band, an initiative of the Good Governance Ambassadors of Nigeria in collaboration with the Presidency, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, maintained that no nation could progress without unity.
He described inauguration of the Band as a token symbol of Federal government’s determination to ensure unity among Nigerians irrespective of their geo-political backgrounds.
“I welcome you to this occasion of the launching of the Buhari Unity Band, in collaboration with the Presidency, which is an initiative of a group of patriotic and politically active Nigerians who believe in the unity of our country.
“This occasion is part of our commitment to the sustenance of unity and mature coexistence as one people united by shared history and shared destiny.
“It is our demonstration of our determination to see that Nigeria succeeds as we come to agreement that no nation can truly make progress without unity.
“Our country has passed through difficult times on occasions, threatening the foundations of our unity, but with the help of God we have always emerged from each crisis stronger.’’
According to the president, the nation is still facing some pockets of issues threatening its unity, but the country will overcome such challenges as Nigerians are resolved to remain united.
The President used the occasion to urge all Nigerians to join the initiative by obtaining and wearing the Unity Wrist Band, saying people wearing the Band would be known as Nigerian Unity Ambassadors.
He said: “There is no doubt that we still have pockets of issues that question our unity, but we are convinced that, with the determination of all Nigerians, we shall remain strong and united.
“The Buhari Unity Band is a visual and token symbol of our resolve to live in unity as one and to preach the message of unity wherever we live.
“Those who subscribe to the unity wristband will be known as Nigerian Unity Ambassadors.
“You will be building on the legacy of a number of our patriots who have, sacrificed so much, some even their lives, in defence of our nation.’’
The National Coordinator of the Good Governance Ambassadors of Nigeria, Mr Felix Idiga, highlighted the importance of unity to the country’s growth and development.
Highpoint of the event, which was witnessed cabinet ministers and some prominent Nigerians, was the decoration of President Buhari with the insignia of Unity. (NAN)