By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde has called on Muslim clerics to continue praying for Oyo State and NIgerian government during the on going Ramadan fasting.
Speaking at the 7th Omi Tuntun Ramadan Public Lecture held at the Government House Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan on Wednesday, Gov Makinde said his being the governor of the state today is by the grace of God and the efforts of all religions in the state.
The governor emphasized that there is the need for the people of Oyo state to continue to pray and seek God’s guidance on whatever they do.
“I want to urge you to continue to pray for this government. In this month of Ramadan, let us be merciful and continue to reach out to those around us. I would like to point out two major things today. The first thing is, only God gives power and there is no one that can clinch power by himself or by herself”, he said.
Engineer Makinde added, “being the governor of Oyo State today is by the grace of God and the efforts of the Christians and Muslims in the state. I do say it that I come from a Muslim family.”
Promising that his administration will continue to do what is right, the governor said the government will complete some of the projects abandoned by the previous administration, saying, .”so, I have always known that I need to do what is right and needful, irrespective of religious or political leanings. That is why the topic of this lecture is ‘unity and diversity’.”
” And how do we achieve unity in our state and country, though we have different leanings or inclinations through religion or politics. I don’t even want anyone to give me accolade that my administration has been able to achieve so, so and so, because it is not my money that is being spent on these projects but that of the people of Oyo State”.
The governor maintained, “recently, I went with Baba Ladoja to inspect the Asphalt plant project at Ijaye, which he started when he was the governor, but the government that came on board after him abandoned it. Baba also used the money of the state to commence the project then. So, my point is, if we already spent the money of the state, we must try to get value for the people of the state and that is exactly how we will continue to run this government,”
On governance in the state, Governor Makinde said “some people came to meet me and said some certain persons are toying with the government and that we are supposed to deal with them, adding, “but my final word is that tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness”.
“Another person even came to tell me that the people of Oyo State deserve to be treated with iron hands. But I am very sorry to say, I am not wicked because I believe that if we approach the challenges, which we met on the ground tactically and calmly, it will be a manifestation of strength and resolution for us. That is the only way that every one of us can get what belongs to us.
“Of course, our country is faced with all kinds of challenges, particularly the issue of insecurity and ethno-religious crisis. Farmers/herdsmen crisis also spring up almost on a daily basis but I thank you for not allowing all the challenges to affect our attitude to those living together with us. And I believe this is part of why this state is still peaceful.”
The Ramadan lecture was attended by the State Deputy Governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan; former Governor of Oyo State and chairman of the occasion, Senator Rashidi Ladoja; wife of the Deputy Governor, Prof. Hamdalat Olaniyan; Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states, Alhaji Daud Makanjuola Akinola; Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheik Abdul Ganiy Agbotomokekere; South-West PDP Woman Leader, Alhaja Modinat Adedibu; Dr. Saka Balogun; Oyo State PDP chairman, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha and a host of others.