Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has said that Nigeria is passing through a unique and difficult period as it has never been divided like this before.
Makinde made this assertion on Saturday, November 27, at the Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan while receiving State Directors of the Department of State Services in the South West States, who were in the state to hold the South West Zonal Conference of Directors of State Services.
He declared that the time has come for Nigerians to embrace things that will unite us the more as the country is presently faced with an economic issue and the issue of unifying this country.
“I will say that the country is passing through a unique and difficult period. We are faced with an economic issue; and the issue of unifying this country. We have never been divided like this before. We are getting to a situation where the people of Osun would say they are not part of Oyo State; but we used to be one state”, he said
‘The governor added, “so, we all now have a very serious role to play to ensure that we unify our people; and contribute our quota to the unity of the country. It is a huge task before us at this period. I will ask that you also look at that issue.”
Gov Makinde also stressed that his administration will continue to support security agencies operating in the state; to deliver on their mandates.
The governor commended the DSS Directors team, led by its Chairman, Sheikh Mohammed Waziri, for helping to tackle insecurity in all the nooks and crannies of the country.
He said, “I am glad that the conference went very well. You were able to interact and identify some of the security challenges within the geopolitical zone.
“I am also happy that from your interaction, you have been able to come up with the fact that drug abuse and children in primary school becoming cultists is common. Yes, we can go after them just like you have suggested. We can win the war with brute force but can we win peace with the same force?
“For us, we think striking at the heart of what is causing all of these are germane. And if you trace it, it is economical. So, it is difficult to bring people to live peacefully together.”