Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Sunday took a critical look at Nigeria after fifty nine years of independence and gave a pass mark on the APC-led federal and state Governments despite the challenges being facing the country.
Akeredolu, who was represented by his deputy, Hon Agboola Ajayi at a church service to mark the Nigeria 59th anniversary held at The Redeemed Christian Church of God at Oke-Ijebu Akure, the state capital, said many countries have disintegrated with half of challenges being faced by the county.
Ajayi thanked God for keeping Nigeria as one so far despite numerous challenges, saying the unity of the country is the greatest achievement of the government.
His words “In spite of all the challenges we have faced as a people, it has pleased God to allow us to remain as one indivisible entity.
“As we all know, some countries whose challenges were not as daunting as ours have disintegrated’,
The Governor reiterated the resolve of his administration to continue to deliver its mandate particularly in the areas of infrastructure, security and welfare of workers and the entire citizenry .
He said ” as you are all aware, many developmental projects embarked upon by our government have been completed and our people are already deriving the benefit from them.
“Our government is ever committed to fulfillment of all our electoral promises to the people in spite of the lean resources and the huge debts inherited from the past government”
The governor said it was God who has sustained the country despite the security and economic challenges facing it.
He linked the story of Nigeria with that of Israel.
In his sermon, Evangelist Ezekiel Falade of the Gospel Faith Mission International, charged Nigerians to always appreciate God despite the country’s various challenges.
Falade said Nigeria had a lot to thank God for despite the state of insecurity in the country.
Falade said “Despite all challenges, Nigeria will come out of the messes. We should shout for joy and be glad’
Citing the book of Second Chronicles Chapter Seven Verse 14, the clergy called on Nigerians and their leaders to go back to God as that is the only way the nation can be healed of all the ravaging problems.
The highpoint of the occasion was the special thanksgiving as the Chief Justice of the state, Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu led the congregation to praise God.
The event also featured a special prayer session for Nigeria, its leaders as well as that of Ondo State.