By Victor Akinkuolie ,Ado-Ekiti
The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum has advised the incoming Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Biodun Oyebanji to do everything and rise above ethnic bond by building himself into a pan-Nigeria leader revered across political, religious as well as ethnic divides.
The Governor also admonished him to promote continuity by building on the legacy of his predecessor.
Zulum applauded the outgoing Ekiti Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi over what he described as building trust between himself and Ekiti people, through good governance that touches every sector of the economy, making Ekiti a microcosm of development in spite of the paucity of funds.
The Governor in company of his counterpart from Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu spoke in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, at an international valedictory conference in honour of the outgoing Governor titled “JKF: A Journey in Leadership”.
In his brief submission at the event , held at the Obafemi Awolowo Civic Centre, Ado Ekiti, Zulum appealed to Oyebanji to rejig governance in Ekiti by consolidating the gains already brought by Fayemi to the people, describing this as the best way to build an economically virile state .
Similarly, the Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum, Bagudu, described Fayemi as a dependable leader every zone of the country with trusted and ready to work .
Bagudu said: “Continuity in governance is key and germane to economic development. I charge the incoming Governor, Biodun Oyebanji to build on the legacy of his predecessor. Sustainability in governance is an essential ingredient of democracy”.
Bagudu added further; “Governor Fayemi is one leader that is committed to the Nigeria’s dream. He is one leader that believes in the unity of this nation. He believes in progressive ideas. His utmost aim is to ensure that people get dividends of democracy”.
Speaking about the multifaceted challenges facing the nation, Bagudu urged Nigerians not to despair or get disillusioned saying the level of Nigeria’s indebtedness shouldn’t be a reason for people to be hopeless about the country.
In his lecture titled: ‘A Scholar in Power: Reflections on Power, Democracy And the Future of Nigeria’, a Professor of African Studies, University of Pennsylvania, USA, Dr. Adewale Adebamwi, said no federal system can be perfect, harping on the need for the current weak Nigerian system to be rejigged and strengthened.
The scholar stated that this remains the only way to ensure that people are secured and all the strata of the Nigerian society are well protected.