62nd Independence Anniversary: Our Diversity Should be an Enabler for Peace, Unity – Dr. Idris Omede

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Past President of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Idris Omede CIK, has called for multi-sectoral and all encompassing actions that will drive national development.

Omede made the call in his message to the nation on Saturday to commemorate Nigeria’s 62nd independence anniversary.

The former President, Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) counseled that the nation’s diversity should not be a cog in the wheel of progress but an enabler of peace and development.

Dr Omede, a former Health Commissioner in Kogi state, saluted Nigerians for their sacrifice and patriotism.

“Salutation to Nigeria and Nigerians on occasion of 2022 Independence celebration, for our continued existence as a nation.

“Our strength lies in our rich human resource, natural resources and numerous endowments. Our diversity should be an enabler for peace, unity and development as advanced, propagated, projected, demonstrated and carried out by the nation’s former leaders’ and statesmen and women some of whom are still alive today,” he said.

On the 2023 general elections, Dr. Omede called for integrity of the ballot, urging the electoral umpire to ensure free, fair and credible polls.

“As we move into yet another elective process in our nation, may the voices and actions of all electorate translate into the emergence of a leadership that will add value to our country in our drive for a greater nation,” he said.

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