With Amotekun’s strides, Ondo now model for other states, says Akeredolu
Urges moderate celebrations during Yuletide
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said that the security architecture of other states are being modelled after the Security Agency Network of the state, known as Amotekun Corps, following its strides in effectively securing the state.
Akeredolu said that since its inception, Amotekun had effectively tackled crimes in the state.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa, stated this during this year’s Service of Carols and Nine Lessons held at the International Culture and Events Centre (The Dome), Akure, Ondo State capital.
Akeredolu, who vowed to give the necessary support to security agencies in the state, said: “I must particularly commend the Amotekun Corps for a job well done since its establishment. The Corps has been very supportive and enhanced the security architecture of our state such that Ondo State is now becoming a model for other states to follow.
“As a responsive and responsible government, we will continue to collaborate with relevant security agencies to always protect residents of Ondo State from harm and attack.”
MEANWHILE, the governor has called for moderation in celebrating the festive season to reflect the mood and realities of the moment.
“The spirit and essence of Christmas is to propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world. It is a time of spiritual reflection on the important foundation and virtues of kindness, joy, peace, meekness, mercy, charity, goodness and temperance of Christian faith.
“I am grateful to the Almighty God that religion has been used in Ondo State as a tool to advocate, advance and promote group solidarity, social control and moral order. I, therefore, commend the maturity and tolerance of our religious leaders towards one another.
“Let me at this juncture, solicit your continued prayers for our administration for the sustenance of the speed in our development strides.”
“On our part, we assure you that we will not play politics with the destiny of this state, as we are always prepared for purposeful and selfless leadership.
In his sermon, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Revd. Fr. Anselm Ologunwa, who urged Christians to be upright at all times, said: “We are not called to acquire wealth through the gospel, but to preach the gospel to win souls for Jesus Christ.”
The Anglican Diocesan Bishop of Owo Diocese, Rt. Revd. Stephen Fagbemi, prayed for the state and the country at large.