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Democracy Day: ‘Stop fanning embers of war’

By Josephine Oguntoyinbo & Kayode Olabanji

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Nigerians have been urged to work more for the unity of the country rather than fanning the embers of war amidst secessionists as the country celebrated her 22 years of unbroken democracy.
Ondo State House of Assembly gave this charge in a statement signed by the Chairman House Committee on Information, Youth and Sports Development, Mr Olugbenga Omole, on behalf of the members of the State House of Assembly on the occasion of this year’s democracy day celebration.
According to the statement, the Speaker of the house, Mr Bamidele Oleyelogun, congratulated Nigerians on this year’s celebration and saluted the efforts of democracy heroes who made the celebration possible.
The Speaker strongly advised the Federal Government of Nigeria to aggressively address the issue of unemployment of the youths, protect porous borders ,as this will be a great solution to banditry, kidnapping ,herdsmen killings and insecurity ravaging the peace of the country.
‘This will go a long way to repost undiluted confidence in the government by the citizens and Nigeria will be a peaceful nation again. There is a greater strength in the unity and oneness of Nigeria than it is in a divided country.
“In unity ,Nigeria will attain its much desired greatness and assume her pride of place amongst the comity of great nations of the world”, the statement read.
While urging Nigerians to eschew violence and continue to live in peace and love for one another, irrespective of religious and ethnic affiliation, the Lawmakers observed that with God, Nigeria will overcome her present challenges.
In the same vein, a Member of the House representing Okitipupa Constituency 11, Mr Gbegudu Ololade, advised Nigerians to assist security agencies in the country with necessary and genuine information for effective service delivery.
The lawmaker, who gave the advice in a release made available to our correspondent in Okitipupa to mark the 2021 June 12 Democracy Day frowned at the spreading of fake news that could insight ethnic/religious crisis.
Ololade , who is also the Chairman House Committee on Security, Tourism, Culture and Cooperative Societies enjoined Nigerians not to back down even when it seems not to be an easy task for them as people to fight against insecurity.
Though, the statement stated that it was the responsibility of the government to provide security cover for the people as insecurity is spreading like wildfire across the nation, the lawmaker urged citizens in the country not to back down as much has been sacrificed on the journey to secure and sustain united Nigeria.

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