By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore on Sunday asked Nigerians to at all times promote total peace and oneness in and across the country.
Senator Omisore made the call in a Christmas message from his Media office to congratulate Christians across Nigeria on the celebrations of this year’s Christmas festivities.
The former deputy governor pointed out that Christmas signified the birth of Jesus Christ as well as served as a period to exhibit forgiving spirit, display of love and promotion of total peace and oneness.
Senator Omisore emphasized that there are many reasons for Nigerians to learn a lot of lesson from the history surrounding Christmas by devoting enough time for prayers towards making the country overcome all the present challenges facing it.
The PDP leader maintained that with “the present difficult times in Osun state arising from the hardships inflicted on the people of the state by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration in the state, it is now imperative on the people of the state to more than before devote time for fervent prayers for the state as year 2018 is around the corner when they are to elect a new governor that is expected to pilot the affairs of the state for the next four years.”
“Let me at this point congratulate the good people of Osun state particularly the Christians on the celebration of this year’s Christmas. Though, without mincing words, it has been so rough, hectic and tough as a result of the series of hardships inflicted on the people of the state through the style of governance by the APC government as demonstrated in the non payment of salaries and pension for both serving and retired workers among other anti people policies of the government in the past years. But, glory be to the almighty God for making the people amidst these hardships witnessed this year’s Christmas.” he said.
Senator Omisore added that ” it is now time for the people of Osun state to always have in their minds that the destiny of the state is in their respective hands hence the need for them to be more committed to the growth and development of the state by showing keen interest in issues
bothering on the state and let all hands be on the deck to sustain the reigning peace in and across the state despite the hardships and series of anti people policies imposed on them by the present administration in the state.”
” I am saluting the spirit of our people in Osun state particularly the civil servants, the pensioners, market women, the artisans, students and others for bearing with the hardships and the series of anti masses policies in the land.
There is the need for us all to at all times allow peace and stability to continue to reign supreme in and across our dear Osun state. It is only when there is peace and stability that we can ever think of reshaping the fortunes of the state for good. It is when there is peace that we can jointly move the state forward.”.
He however tasked religious leaders in Osun state particularly the Christains not to relent in their bid to seek divine intervention on the various challenges facing Nigeria as a country by using the Chtistmas period “to pray for a peace. free and fair governorship election in the state in 2018 for the state to regain its lost glory and witness real development that would benefit all and sundry in and across the nooks and cranies of the state.’
Senator Omisore while urging the people of the state mostly the Christians to at the festivie period be moderate and prayed for Osun state, Nigeria and the entire nation’s leadership wished them a Merry Christmas and happy celebrations.