Oyetola charges Nigerians to rededicate selves to nation’s unity
Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola, yesterday, charged Nigerians to re-dedicate themselves to the unity, peace and security of the nation.
He said the country’s oneness must not be compromised for anything regardless of ethno-religious and political differences.
He, therefore, urged the citizens to embrace things that are capable of strengthening the existing unity in diversity.
The governor gave this charge while speaking at the grand finale of the 1443 AH Hijrah celebrations organised by the Osun Muslim community in collaboration with the state government held at Community Secretariat, Ring Road, Osogbo.
Oyetola urged the citizens to always propagate good virtues, promote love, brotherliness, tolerance and peaceful co-existence and have no recourse to geographical, ethnic or religious boundaries in the interest of peace and development.
He also appealed to Nigerians, particularly Muslim faithful, to take advantage of the Hijrah celebration to offer prayers for the peace, progress and sustainable development of Nigeria.
The governor, represented by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Abdulah Binuyo, bemoaned the challenges facing the country, saying with divine prayers, collective will and determination, Nigerians would overcome.
In his lecture, the Vice Chancellor, Fountain University, Osogbo, Prof. Ahmeed Sanni, identified unemployment, illiteracy, insecurity and poverty as bane of Nigeria’s socio-economic progress.
He then advocated equity, fairness, justice and fear of God as panacea for the nation’s development, saying: “The issue of security is very key and important. We must ensure safety for all and be our brothers’ keepers.”
We must make efforts to protect our souls and the souls of others. Let us take the issue of security as a common property.
“The issue of security is not a thing that must be left for government. It is a duty of all. We must strive to strengthen the security.
“I urge the governments not to relent in their efforts to protect the people and provide employment opportunities for the citizens, particularly the youth.
“Our education curricular must be reviewed to cater for the need of the citizens in such a way that they will be self-employed and financially independent,” he added.
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