Former military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, a retired General, has expressed hope that the country would soon overcome the current insurgency that has created security challenges for the nation.
Abubakar, who spoke on Tuesday at the commissioning of the newly renovated Ilorin General Hospital, noted that such challenges were affecting development of the country.
He said as someone who witnessed the triumph of the country over a civil war and a leader who facilitated return of the country to democracy he was troubled by the challenges.
He, however, described the challenges as transient and that the country would overcome them and take its place on the list of prosperous nations.
Abubakar said with good governance, equity and justice the country would emerge a nation its people desire and deserve.
“As someone who has watched our country triumph over a civil war and several other crises and had the privilege of supervising our country’s return to democracy, I am troubled by the challenges that currently confront our country.
“However, I have no doubt in my mind that our country will overcome these transient challenges and take its rightful place in the league of prosperous nations.
“Indeed, acts of good governance such as demonstrated by your government’s youth development efforts and today’s opening of this beautiful edifice as well as the entrenchment of equity and justice can hold the promise of restoring our people’s faith in this country and strengthening our preparedness to work together to build the Nigeria we all desire and deserve,” he said.
Abubakar who commended the Kwara State Government’s Shared Prosperity programme, described its efforts and that of other state governments at improving the lot of their people as part of hope that the country would overcome its challenges.
“Your efforts to create Shared Prosperity in your state and that of other state governments that have shown a commitment to improving the lives of their people is a silver lining in the cloud hovering over our country at this time,” he said.
He called on government at all levels to continue to implement programmes and projects that would “elevate our people and provide them with sustainable standards of living”.
Abubakar urged people of the state to make the best use of the General Hospital through effective patronage to meet their health needs, saying it is only in so doing that they can justify the government’s huge investment in the facility.
In his own address, Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, said the renovation of the hospital and other four General Hospitals in the state was a testament to the resolve of his administration to bring functioning healthcare system to the doorstep of all the people of the state.
He explained that apart from the structural renovation and installation of modern medical equipment, the ultramodern General Hospital boasts of qualified and committed personnel.
He said the hospital would complement health services rendered by the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Sobi Specialist Hospital and other health facilities in the state.