Former military Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.), on Friday admonished youths and other Nigerians to be involved in all policies and programmes that could enhance national development.
Babangida stated that national development is a collective effort, which must be supported by every Nigerian irrespective of religious or political affiliation.
He said this when a non-governmental organization, Forward Nigeria Group (FGN) led by its National Coordinator, Barr. Alex Edim presented him an award as the ‘Father of nation building, at his hilltop residence in Minna.
According to a statement issued by the group in Abuja, Babangida appreciated the gesture and admonished the FGN to collaborate with other progressive-minded organizations and contribute to the socioeconomic growth and unity of the country.
He commended the formation of the group promised to monitor closely its activities in achieving the desired goal of moving Nigeria forward.
The former Head of State said: “I commend you for the laudable efforts to move Nigeria forward and I promise that I would closely monitor your activities from now on.”
The FGN National Coordinator eulogized the former president, enumerating his various achievements while in office.
Edim said: “Nigerians can not forget your impact on the nation and the various agencies you established whose impact was felt all over the nation. From MAMSER, DIFFRI, FRSC, Peoples Bank, Better Life for Rural Women and others, the nation is steel feeling their impacts till today.”