Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has called on those exploiting the diversity of Nigeria to turn it into strength for the good of all citizens.
Governor Abiodun made the call at a Colloquial Zoom Meeting to mark the State’s 45th Anniversary of the state on Wednesday.
He said it was unfortunate that some people in the country were stoking the embers of disintegration of the nation through violence.
Abiodun advised that though Nigeria was made of diverse ethnic nationalities, it was imperative to harness all the potentials and strength of each of the groups for the good of all.
He also used the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the state to appeal to the rest of Nigerians “to eschew all forms of violence and learn to live together, adding that no development could happen in an atmosphere of insecurity.”
Governor Abiodun added that all Nigerians needed to do “is manage our differences effectively and efficiently and Nigeria will be greater.”
Abiodun while urging the rest of the country to take a cue from Ogun, noted that the state had been able to direct the potential and strength of its over 10 sub-ethnic groups for the benefit of the state.
He said its diversity has been one of the major forces propelling the development of the state.
The Governor observed that with humble beginning in 1976, “the state has grown to become one of the most viable states in Nigeria, having the fastest growing investment and commercial destination not only in Nigeria, the whole of West African sub-region, attracting one of the highest Foreign Direct Investment and local investment.”