Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has urged the citizens to do everything possible to strengthen the peaceful coexistence and unity of the Nigerian nation.
He spoke yesterday as the state government, in conjunction with the Coalition of Civil Society Groups, organised events to mark the June 12 Democracy Day in Osogbo, the state capital.
A procession march to commemorate the day took off from Ayetoro Junction and traversed major streets. It terminated at the Aurora Event Centre where the lecture of the day was held.
A lecture titled: The State of Insecurity in Nigeria and Challenges of National Questions – The way forward, was delivered by Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade, and a United Kingdom-based lawyer, Mrs. Olutoyin Eweje, before a large crowd of activists, students, pro-democracy activists and political groups.
Others are traditional rulers, members of the National Road Transport Workers Union (NURTW), artisans, students and market women.
The event was attended by top government officials led by Deputy Governor Benedict Alabi, who Oyetola.
The governor was away in Abuja for the national event to commemorate the Democracy Day.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prince Wole Oyebamiji, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles Diji Akinola, Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Mr. Femi Popoola and Deputy Majority Leader Maroof Olanrewaju, who represented Speaker Timothy Owoeye, among others, were present.
Oyetola said: “Our President has done us proud. He has set a new agenda for socio-economic transformation of the country.
“The declaration of June 12 is an affirmation of the fact that the present administration believes so much in things that can promote unity and peace.
“This is a period of sober reflection on the selfless service and sacrifice made by our heroes to ensure that we remain united and indivisible as a nation.
“As we are celebrating the maiden Democracy Day, we must do everything possible to strengthen the peaceful coexistence and unity of the Nigerian nation.
“As a state government, we are doing everything possible to nip in the bud any form of criminality in the state.
“We are working round the clock to improve on the security architecture so as to make our security agencies more efficient and productive.”