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Governors preach peace, prosperity

Governors preach peace, prosperity

2 October, 2020

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Governors on Thursday urged Nigerians to work for the country’s unity, peace and prosperity.

Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, according to a statement his Press Secretary, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, said after two decades of the democratic process, the political class must advance democracy, peace and prosperity through mutual interests based on shared democratic values.

“It is possible to achieve a truly free society rooted in common values in order for democracy to thrive,” the governor said.

His counterpart in Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said the unity, peace and prosperity of Nigeria remains an objective that requires the contribution of all.

He said although the nation has passed through many challenges over the years, its citizens have equally demonstrated resilience, patriotism, faith and determination to remain together and make progress.

“Ours is a great nation endowed by God in all aspects and we must continue to work together in eliminating all the factors that have held us back from attaining our potentials and the dream of our forefathers.

“The achievements we have recorded in various fields such as education, health, sports, science, agriculture, infrastructure and technology among others are a clear indication that we can hold our own in the comity of nations. What is needed is for us to be united and remove corruption, intolerance and other negative tendencies that disrupt our growth,” he said.

Oyo

For Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, the country’s Diamond Jubilee anniversary would have been deservedly celebrated duly but for the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

He spoke during a walk to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence.

Makinde said: “We are kicking off the celebration of this anniversary by having this walk. It is to keep us fit. If it were to be in a clime where there is no Covid-19, we would have been at the stadium because 60 years is very significant.

“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 gotten certain things right and we should focus on those things that we have gotten right and try to build on it while we also make amendments where possible on those areas that we have fallen short.”

Makinde’s Kogi State counterpart, Yahaya Bello, paid glowing tributes to Nigerians and the people of the state for their resilience.

“Every Nigerian will agree that our journey together has been a challenging odyssey. It is a credit to our unbroken will to succeed and our resilience as a nation of diverse peoples, that we have made it thus far, despite plenty of milestones in our history, where we could have messed it up, or missed it totally,” said the governor.

Bayelsa

Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri emphasised the importance of unity.

Diri, in a broadcast to mark the Independence Day, called on Nigerians and Bayelsans “to emphasise the things that unite us as we have much in common than those things that divide us”.

Describing the October 1 annual celebration as solemn and significant, Diri congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians for achieving the remarkable milestone.

“Whereas the noble dreams and lofty heights hoped for may not have been fully attained, we are nevertheless not where we started from. Progress may have been slow, but slow progress is still progress,” he stated.

Ogun

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun called on the people not to support the call for the dismemberment of the country.

Abiodun said there should be a tweak the structure of the federal system to make it respond to the needs of the time and the federating units.

The governor spoke at the event commemorating the 60th-anniversary celebration of the country held at the arcade ground of the Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Kaduna

For Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufa’I, Nigerians must reflect on governance and how powers and responsibilities are devolved between the states and the Federal Government.

The governor, in his Independence Day message, also said Nigerians should focus on a new national consensus on the nation’s collective goals of citizenship, the rule of law and diversity as well as on merit.

Rivers

In the opinion of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, the country’s survival remains unpredictable without conscious efforts to ensure regional autonomy, true democracy and fiscal federalism.

Wike, who spoke at the event to mark the country’s 60th Independence celebration, in Port Harcourt, recalled that before the military incursion into politics the country thrived effectively under well-arranged devolution of power.

Delta

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa used the opportunity of the Independence Day anniversary to urge the Federal Government to reconstruct the failed Benin-Warri dual carriageway.

He also urged urgent attention on the Agbor-Eku road.

Okowa spoke on Thursday in Asaba, the state capital.

He said that the poor state of the roads had accounted for the loss of many lives and goods in accidents and robberies and also often resulted in the loss of man-hours through unending traffic snarls.

Jigawa

Jigawa State Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar sai, for Nigeria to attain the dream of its founding father’s, everybody must own and work in the development process.

The governor, in an interview with reporters in his office, said the progress made by the country in the last sixty years in terms of quality life improvement was appreciable and there was cause to celebrate.

Gombe

Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya, in his goodwill message by his Senior Special Assistant, Mr Ismaila Misilli, enjoined Nigerians to continue to unite in building a stronger nation.

According to him, as the country marks its 60 years of independence and Gombe state 24, Nigerians must be reminded of the sacrifices made by the country’s founding fathers.

Kano

Ganduje's Commissioner

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje appealed to Nigerians to renew their fate in the country.

Ganduje, in this year’s Independence Day message, said no region or a section of the country would have made it much as the country has collectively achieved if it were to operate alone as a dissociated unit.

Ganduje lamented it was unfortunate celebrating the birth of the nation at a time when the global community was ravaged by COVID-19 pandemic.

“Reflecting on our journey in the last 60 years as a nation, there is every reason to sing songs and praises to Almighty Allah, who in his infinite mercies, has kept us together, in spite of our challenges.

“We all need one another to survive. There is no one part of Nigeria that can do it all alone and still weigh or command the kind of influence Nigeria currently enjoys in the comity of nations,” he said.

Benue

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom urged the Federal Government to convene a Sovereign National Conference to chart the way forward for Nigeria.

He stated that the challenges facing the country culminating in high-level corruption, insecurity, impunity and marginalisation necessitated his call.

Abia

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu on Thursday urged Nigerians to renew their faith in leaders across the three levels of government in the country.

Ikpeazu, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Onyebuchi Ememanka, congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and all leaders at all levels across the country and prayed God to grant our leaders the strength and foresight to continue to lead our people aright.

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