Nigerians have been asked not to allow the current challenges facing the nation push them towards de-marketing the country or even advocating for its disintegration as the consequences will not only be uncertain, but unimaginable.

The governor of Plateau state Simon Bako Lalong was speaking at the inter-denominational Church service to mark the 61st Independence Anniversary at the Government House Chapel Rayfield Jos.

Lalong said, Nigeria still remained a great nation that would surmount its challenges to realise its potentials for greatness.

He said some may use the current travails that the nation is witnessing to cast a shadow of hopelessness and despondency, but never allow the trials of today overshadow the many successes the nation has witnessed in the past and the many good things that have continued to happen up till date.

Lalong said ‘at the end of the day, Nigeria shall emerge very strong and prosperous, exceeding all expectations and putting behind all disappointments. All that is needed is for Nigerians to work together in unity, tolerance, sincerity, loyalty and patriotism to ensure that the nation lives up to its God-given potentials’

The Governor insisted that Nigerians cannot embrace corruption, despise hardwork, shun the rule of law, champion nepotism and bigotry, act selfishly, oppress one another particularly the and vulnerable, and yet expect to build a great nation.

Great nations according to him have entrenched good governance, rule of law, tolerance, patriotism, social welfare, respect for human rights and zero tolerance to corruption and indiscipline – an example that Nigeria has no option than to follow if it must make head way.

He admonished Nigerians to pray for God’s mercy on Plateau State and Nigeria, as the Bible directs citizens to not only pray for their leaders, but also for the cities where they dwell.

In separate goodwill messages, the Atah Ateng of Ganawuri (representing the State Traditonal Council), GOC 3rd Division and Commander Operation Safe Haven Maj. Gen. Ali, said though Nigeria is passing through difficulties of insecurity, poverty and disease among others, there is hope for the future as God is raising leaders who will unite all people, lead with the fear of God, and shun all forms of evil for nation development.

High lights of the service was the special prayers offered for the Government and the nation.