Makinde, Abiodun, Ajakaiye urge unity, justice, equity
• Say everything not wrong, let’s make amendment
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, yesterday, said that everything was not wrong with Nigeria in the last 60 years. Makinde, who stated this at the Government House Arcade, Agodi Gate, as part of activities marking the Diamond celebration of the country, stressed the need for Nigerians to focus on those things the nation got right and make amendment where the nation got it wrong.
“A lot of people may not see anything good in Nigeria over the past 60 years, but it is not everything that is wrong with Nigeria. We have done certain things right and we should focus on those things that we are getting right and start to build on them and make amendments in areas where we are falling short,” he said.
IN the same vein, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun urged Nigerians to focus more on things that will further unite Nigeria rather than things that will divide it.
Abiodun, who stated this in Abeokuta in his address to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, said with the celebration, the nation was standing on the threshold of history as it would afford the people an opportunity to comprehensively appraise how well the nation has fared.
He said the anniversary also calls for the reviewing of achievements and re-examining the challenges to enable her come up with improved as well as more practical approaches towards attaining and nurturing her potentials for sustainable development.
MEANWHILE, the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Revd. Felix Ajakaiye, has said that the Nigerian political leaders must uphold justice, equity and integrity for the country to make headway in resolving its numerous challenges.
Besides, he said that leadership at all levels must embrace transformation and genuine renewal of attitude to bring the country up to the standard the founding-fathers set prior to independence on October 1, 1960.
The cleric, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti, yesterday, urged all citizens to perceive the project called Nigeria as a collective one that must not fail and to enable it rise to stardom in terms of development. He said that those at the helms of affairs should do self-re-examination, review the past and present development.
“Today is the anniversary of yesterday, while tomorrow is the celebration of today. In this light, I would like to appeal to all Nigerians, including those at the helms of affairs, to use this special occasion of Nigeria at 60 for thorough self-re-examination, stocktaking and review.
“Nigeria belongs to all of us and we must continue to uphold justice, integrity and equity to achieve concrete and meaningful development.
“Let us reduce rhetoric and blame game, face the realities of life and do things honourably. If we do not do things rightly, things will not be right with us, both individually and collectively. We must be responsible citizens of Nigeria,” the statement said.