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Friday, December 27, 2019

Ahmadu Bello's Profound Faith In Nigeria's Unity Despite Her Diversity


Ahmadu Bello

On December 25, 1959, the Premier of Northern Region of Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello, harped on Nigeria's unity and the inherent strengths, despite the heterogeneity of her constituent parts, calling on Nigerians to dwell on unity rather than division.

Sir Bello, a Muslim, capped it at the time by wishing Christians in Nigeria, particularly those in his region, season's greetings on Christmas Day.

He said: "We are people of many different races, tribes and religions, who are knit together by common history, common interests and common ideals. 

"Our diversity may be great but the things that unite us are stronger than the things that divide us. On an occasion like this, I always remind people about our firmly rooted policy on religious tolerance. 

"We have no intention of favouring one religion at the expense of another. Subject to overriding need to preserve law and order, it is our determination that everyone should have absolute liberty to practise his beliefs. 

"It is befitting on this momentous day, on behalf of my ministers and myself, to send a special word of gratitude to all Christian missions. 

"Let me conclude this with a personal message. 

"I extend my greetings to all our people who are Christians on this great feast day. Let us forget the difference in our religion and remember the common brotherhood before God, by dedicating ourselves afresh to the great tasks which lie before us."- Premier of the Northern Region, Sir Ahmadu Bello's Christmas Day message to Christians in Northern Nigeria, 1959.  -- -HistoryVille

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