Gov. Ademola Adeleke of Osun has called on Nigerians to pray for the continuous peace in the country.
This is contained in a statement by Malam Olawale Rasheed, the spokesperson to the governor, in commemoration of Nigeria’s 63rd Independence anniversary on Sunday in Osogbo.
Adeleke, while acknowledging the unfavourable economic and security situations in the country, charged leaders to unite in order to find lasting solutions in line with the vision of the past heroes, who fought for nation’s independence.
According to him, we are currently in a difficult situation, the precarious economic situation is affecting everyone.
“This is our reality and we must face it. As leaders, we must collaborate to find lasting solutions irrespective of our cultural, religious, political and social affiliations.
“We must also seek for divine intervention from God, I believe in prayer; so I will always urge us to continue to pray.
“We must look back to find the purpose behind the vision of our founding fathers who fought for our independence”, he said.
The governor said in such a situation, the leaders must be committed to the progress of the society while the followers must be responsible to hold the leaders accountable.
“We must all play our roles for the sake of prosperity.
“As the governor of the people, I have enshrined the culture of transparency and accountability in the governance of the affairs of Osun state, I have assembled a strong team of professionals from different fields.
”In fulfilment of my open governance agenda, I will be hosting the first edition of IPADE IMOLE in the coming days,” he said.
Adeleke promised that he would give full report on his stewardship directly to the people of the state at the next “PADE IMOLE”.
“I shall be opening the governance book of the state for everyone to see. I am determined to run an all inclusive government that is owned by the people and truly for the people.
“On my part as the leader of the government of Osun state, I am determined to repay the faith reposed on me by the people of Osun with their votes.
“By voting overwhelmingly for me, Osun people sought for a more responsive and more accountable leader, one who sees the office as a privilege.
“In the spirit of celebrating the Independence Day, I urge the people of Osun state to continue to pray for the success of our administration, while we remain steadfast in our development agenda that is pro people and pro good governance” he stated.