Peter Dada, Akure
The Governor of the State of Ondo and the Chairman of the Forum of Governors of the Southwest Countries, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu said on Tuesday that governors in the region will continue to fight crime in the region by all legal means.
Akeredolu, who has expressed concern over criticism from some sides of his steps to fight insecurity lately, said the fight against crime in the region is not targeted at any ethnic group in the country.
The governor stated this at the inaugural lecture for the second term, held in Akure, the state capital.
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The lecture entitled “Towards a New Nigeria: From Fatherland to Togetherness” was given by the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina.
Akeredolu, who will be sworn in for a second term on Wednesday, noted that a series of uncertainties across the country indicated that things were not right with the nation and that there was no need to pretend about it because development also affected the country’s unity.
He said, “Today, the strongest threat to national belief is insecurity. And as our approach has allowed permanent, useless stagnation for too long, the consequences are becoming more and more daring. It is time to act now, not tomorrow. As leaders, the choices we make create the path to our desires. We can’t pretend that everything is fine when really more things go wrong.
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“What we have planned to do in the southwestern countries is not aimed at any ethnic nationality or business. But we are against crime and we will fight crime by all legal means. It is in the interest of our collective well-being. All we need is the support and understanding of all federal units, including the federal government. The simple truth is that we lived in self-denial in the midst of excruciating pain that is now almost cancerous.
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“Regardless of our challenges today, my firm belief in the Nigerian project is strengthened by my fact that I am a true Nigerian. I want a more united Nigeria with all the ingredients of freedom, rule of law, patriotism, love, mutual respect and harmony is an understatement. And I am ready to legitimately fight for it for the benefit of all. ”