FG SEEKS PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Federal Government  has  called on Nigerians and the good people of Osun State to continue to sup-   port the efforts of Government so as to bring about socio-economic development in the country.

The Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola made the call today at the Third Session  of  the  Synod and Conferment on him, the Ecumenical and Episcopal Award of the  Ijesa  North  Diocese of the   Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, held at St Peter Anglican Church, Ijebu-Ijesa, Osun State.

He said that the development of Nigeria cannot be left in the hands  of  the  government  which  provides  leadership alone, but that, the people would have to take responsibility for their own development to move the nation forward.

In a speech titled  “LOVE IS THE FOUNDATION OF FAITH,”  Aregbesola said, there was the  need  for  self-  examination among citizens with a view to making necessary amendments for the benefit of the country especially as we have gone so long after independence since 1960.

The Minister noted further that as humans, we often do wrong things which strip  us of coverings of  dig- nity and honour and embarrassingly expose us to shame and disgrace. Adding that, instead of owning up to our mistakes and make amends, we wrongly think the solution lies in hiding them.

Aregbesola who stated that he would be in Osun State for some days to carry out a Presidential directive on Ministers to engage their constituents on security in the aftermath of the #ENDSARS protests in parts of the country, stated further that, he has brought with him greetings and message of love,  appreciation  and affection from President  Muhammadu Buhari to  the Church,  the Prelate, Congregation and  through  them, the people of Osun and the generality of Nigerians.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari and the entire Federal  Executive Council  acknowledge  our challenges. Adding that, as our leader, the President was confident of our  collective  capacity  to sur- mount these challenges.

The Minister appreciated the Anglican Diocese of Ijesa North and other churches for their support for him through prayers while he was governor of the state for eight years and for their continued prayers even as he stepped into a higher level of national service.

He called for continued dialogue and peaceful means of conflict resolution at all times. Stressing that con- flict prevention and quick resolution through dialogue are prerequisites to stability and security of lives and property as well as development of the country.

He emphasized that, we have regrettably seen after the protests that all the efforts of a  century  can  be  wiped out in a day, which will require not less than 50 years to recover from. That is why he said, security and how we protest should be well thought out and moderated.

Aregbesola therefore urged the youth to seek knowledge, dialogue and debate and peaceful means of con- flict resolution and interest articulation and pursuit. Saying that they should begin to think of the long-time consequences of their actions and embrace love.

Quoting from the Holy Bible, the Minister said: “I must not fail to add this for effect. Apostle  Paul said in  1st Corinthians 13:13 “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of  these  is  love.”  Jesus Christ in Mark 12:31 says “The second commandment is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’

There is no other commandment greater than these.  ” With these citations it  is without a doubt that love is the foundation of faith and hope of salvation. This love is indiscriminatory, let us therefore live this pre- cept of faith in all ramifications. Our nation requires our love, so do the people from  our  communities, to the states, regions and nation.” He emphasised.

The Minister called on all Nigerians and the good people of Osun State in particular to attune their minds on how to make the state and the nation that haven of habitation, commerce, economic development and the showpiece of our own civilisation and the best that we can offer humanity.

He assured  that  the  Ecumenical  and  Episcopal Award conferred on him by the  Bishop of  Ijesa  North Anglican Diocese will spur him to continue  to  seek  peace, deepen inter-faith dialogue  and  accommoda- tion and promote the spirit of ecumenism.

Earlier, the Diocesan Bishop of Ijesa North Anglican Communion and Synod President, Rt. Revd  Isaac  I.  Oluyamo JP, urged the Federal Government to address insecurity and youth’s unemployment in Nigeria, so as to prevent future repeat of the recent #EndSARS protests witnessed in some parts of the country. 

He  thanked  President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative through the engagement  of  his  Cabinet  to  reach out to the people at the grass root, as a step to finding lasting solution to security challenges in the country.

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