Sep. 26 (THEWILL) – Ahead of the 2023 general election, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has called on Nigerians not to engage in actions that could threaten peace and unity in the conduct of the ballot.
Abiodun, who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, revealed during the 62nd Independence Anniversary religious service held at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Ake, Abeokuta,
He stressed the need for continued peaceful co-existence among Nigerians for the socio-economic and political development of the country.
The Governor acknowledged the anxiety expressed by Nigerians whenever general elections approach, noting that an average citizen fears that they will always threaten the unity of the country.
He therefore requested the cooperation of all Nigerians to preserve the unity of the country.
Abiodun said the upcoming Independence Day celebration is an opportunity to reflect on the hopes and aspirations of the nation, adding that this period would also allow citizens to understand why they must continue moving forward with unity.
He said, “The celebration of our national identity is the celebration of the unity of Nigeria, the security of its people and the realization of individual aspirations.
“In Ogun State, we have built a harmonious society where different ethnic and religious groups live together in peace, run their businesses and raise their families. In fact, in Ogun State, we have multi-generational families who call our state home and conduct their business fearlessly.
“In Ogun State, there are intermarriages between our citizens and others across the country. We believe this is what Nigeria should be. We are setting an example for other regions from the country.
The Governor revealed that his administration over the past three and a half years has continued to develop the state by ensuring a peaceful environment for economic development which has attracted more investors and people to the state.
He felt that his government would not promise what it would not keep, saying that with the support of the people, all the promises made during the 2019 campaigns would be kept.
He, however, called on Nigerians to be their brother’s keepers and refrain from harming each other, saying that “this act of love and care will bring about lasting peace and help build a nation which all Nigerians will be proud”.
In his sermon, the Diocesan Bishop of Awori, Rt. (Revd.) Johnson Akin Atere, expressed his dismay that Nigeria, once the giant of Africa, is now begging for bread, saying disobedience, oppression, impiety and hatred on the part of individuals, families and governments are some of the sins that have brought the country to its knees.