Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has called on all the citizens, at home and in the Diaspora, to remain firmly committed to the unity of Nigeria.
The call is contained in an Independence Day message, signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ismail Omipidan.
Assuring indigenes of the state of better days ahead, Oyetola maintained that no achievement could surpass the country’s unity, which has remained intact, in spite of all the challenges that had threatened it.
“On all accounts, it is appropriate to roll out drums to celebrate the accomplishment of the vision of our founding fathers to birth a strong, indivisible, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.
“Although the journey has been adorned by dark days of colonialism, a shattering civil war and occasional crises, we have proved to the world that our ethnic, linguistic and religious diversities are sources of strength, not division,” Oyetola was quoted as saying.
He posited that the people owe the country a responsibility to join the government in the task of interrogating issues that threaten the country’s collective survival as a nation
“Fifty-nine years down the road, we have had our accomplishments and failings, but Project Nigeria is on course.
“In our introspection, we must review not just the last fifty-nine years but also attempt to project and marshal our plans for socio-political and economic growth as well as sustainable development.”
The governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to delivering on all its campaign promises and supporting the sustainable development agenda of the Federal Government across all sectors of the economy.
He urged the citizens to continue to cooperate with the government in sustaining her status as the most peaceful state in the country.
The governor stressed that doing so remains a sure way to putting the nation on the irreversible and enduring path of unity, peace and progress.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo
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