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Jonathan hails FCT Minister
• Insists Nigeria must remain united

July, 2021 | By Tony Odey | ||

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has lauded Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, for continuing with some of the projects inherited from his administration, saying continuity in governance creates opportunities for the citizens and fosters investor confidence in the economy.

The former President gave the commendation last week at the 13th Joe Kyari Gadzama LLP Annual Public Lecture in Garki 2, Abuja, while delivering a keynote address titled 'Redefining Democracy: Yearnings of the Minority in a Democratic Setting'. He said: "Let me use this opportunity to acknowledge the Chairman of this occasion, Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello, the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

"I must commend the Minister for continuing with some of the programmes promoted by my administration. Continuity in governance creates opportunity for the population and promotes consistency in policies, thereby boosting investor confidence." The former President who described democratic system of government as the best system of government in Nigeria, however, said it can be adjusted to contain enough safeguards needed to protect the interest of both majority and minority groups in the country.

He further remarked that as efforts on constitutional review process are ongoing, dispassionate moves on befitting model of government that meets the aspirations of Nigerians should be considered. Mr. Jonathan, who canvassed for a model of government that is peculiar and unique to Nigeria and can best manage the country's diversity, said Nigeria must remain united, strong and cohesive. On his part, Minister of FCT, Malam Bello, in his remarks delivered virtually, said the lecture series not only serves the purpose of contributing to the development of the country, but also encourages a diffusion of knowledge on relevant issues of national importance.

Underscoring the importance of the annual public lecture, Malam Bello explained that there are few greater times than the present when the nation requires the presence, opinions and contribution of men and women of courage and conviction to proffer genuine, well thought-out solutions to the challenges confronting Nigeria as a nation and as a people, based primarily on love for the country. He expressed hope that Nigeria as a nation and Nigerians as a people are better off united than divided.

The Minister also used the occasion to praised Mr. Joe Gadzama as one of the best 500 lawyers in the world, pointing out that through the annual public lecture series has brought to bear his enormous wealth of experience and extensive international contacts and network in seeking ways to ensure that the country attains her full potentials as a truly great nation.

Earlier, in his welcome address, legal luminary Joe Gadzama (SAN) had explained that the participation of persons belonging to minorities in public affairs and in all aspects of the political, economic, social and cultural life of the country where they live is, in fact, essential to preserving their identity and combating social exclusion. Present at the occasion were FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, Senior Advocates of Nigeria, past Ministers and many distinguished Nigerians from different walks of life.

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