Former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar has said the country can only record meaningful progress when the people peacefully
He spoke at the inauguration of a 110-bed ultra modern Niger State-owned General Hospital named after him at Gulu, in Lapai Local Government Area.
He urged Nigerians to play their role in maintaining peace and harmony in the country.
Gen. Abdulsalami said: “I want to appeal to all Nigerians to play their role in maintaining peace and harmony of our country. We need to give peace a chance. Without peace, there will be no country and without peace, we cannot use the infrastructures the government is laying down for us.”
He said: “I am happy that the Niger State government has found it worthwhile to construct this hospital and name it after me. I am honoured with this humanitarian magnitude. It is of particular significance as we refocus and re-strategise towards building institutions and infrastructures for the good of the people, it is my prayers that this approach in the health sector is sustained.”
Inaugurating the N923 million health facility, Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu said the selfless services the former Head of State has rendered informed the naming of the hospital after him.
Aliyu said the commitment of the former military leader to democracy has earned him reputation as the father of modern democracy in the country, adding that the nation is a beneficiary of his efforts towards bringing democracy to the country.
“General Abdulsalami Abubakar is one of the illustrious sons of Niger State and Nigeria, he has earned himself the reputation as the father of modern democracy in Nigeria who disciplined himself and transit the country from military regime to democracy. He has given us the foundation and we would continue to build on it”.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ibrahim Babaminin Sule said in the last six years, the state government had employed 450 health workers including 80 doctors who have been motivated with the new salary scale for health workers approved by the federal government, regular trainings and courses.