Olusegun Mimiko, the governor of Ondo State, has identified the need for more perseverance and determination from the populace to ensure the unity of the nation in the face of the current economic and security challenges threatening her unity.
He implored all to be resolute in ensuring the nation remains an indivisible one in the face of the numerous challenges that have come to test the will of her people to remain united.
Governor Mimiko, in his new year goodwill message to the people of the southwestern state, through the state’s Kayode Akinmade, the commissioner of information, said the country’s multi-ethnic composition should be the source of strength and unity, as no component part of this configuration is easily dispensable, even as he advised members of the political class to play the game, strictly according to its rules.
Stressing that the country belongs to all, Mimiko said “the political class and the governed have the responsibilities to make the system work because tomorrow promises to be better.”
Congratulating the people for “the grace to come out victorious from the stormy weather of the year ended”, Mimiko said the year 2016 has come and gone with tales of its enormous challenges to ponder upon.
“For us in Ondo state, it was a peculiar year, but we give God the glory for the grace to carry on thus far,” Dr. Mimiko said as he stressed that in the new year “we should be able to tell the enemies of our nation that we want peace and an end to bloodletting to enable us forge ahead with a common mission and focus of enthroning true democracy devoid of deceit and acrimony”.
He commended the citizens of the state for their unalloyed support and belief in his administration over the years, just as he urged the people to continue to do everything possible to ensure that the state remain peaceful, positing that without peace, progress cannot be recorded.