September 26, 2022
[FILES] Ondo State Governor, Akeredolu
• Says victims of Owo Catholic Church terror attack will never be forgotten
• South-West governors plan to beef up surveillance in region
• Osun monarch canvasses resourceful leadership to move Nigeria forward

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has identified restructuring as the only panacea to address the myriad of challenges confronting the nation, particularly insecurity.
The governor, in his June 12 message yesterday, said though he had earlier cancelled the lofty commemoration of the anniversary in the state due to Owo June 5, 2022 attack, it is time to deepen the democratic values that the Democracy Day represents.
He said: “Although we are still mourning, but we will not forget to join our voices to address the fundamental issues that have remained a clog in the wheel of the country’s progress.
“This day represents a watershed in the history of democracy in our country. It also symbolises a total rebirth of hope and aspiration. It reinforces not just an enduring hope, but resilience in the face of daunting challenges.
“Today, we must make efforts to ensure that the reason for this day is not defeated. Our focus must shift primarily to the people. We must identify the challenges confronting the nation and be prepared to tackle them for the overall benefit of Nigerians.
“The need for restructuring has stared us in the face for too long. It is time for the Federal Government to shed its excesses for the sub-nationals. Security must be devolved to the states. There is no better time for state police than now!”
MEANWHILE, the six governors in the South-West geo-political zone of the country have reiterated the need to beef up security across the region, expressing concerns over the massive influx of commercial motorcycle riders, known as Okada, into the states.
This was contained in an eighth-point communiqué issued and signed at the South-West Governors’ Forum after a virtual meeting held on Friday, June 10, 2022, to review the state of insecurity in the region.
The governors condemned the massive attack and killings of worshippers at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Owoluwa, Owo in Ondo State.
According to them, the attack compels immediate intervention in the whole of South West to nip the insidious phenomenon of insurgency in the bud.
IN another development, the Orangun of Oke-Ila in Osun State, Oba Adedokun Abolarin, has decried the dearth of resourceful leadership in the country, attributing it to the cause of systemic breakdown affecting most critical sectors of the nation’s development.
He also identified leadership problem as one of the great obstacles that hinder Nigeria’s development, stressing that only credible and transformational leadership can make the nation assume its place as the Giant of Africa.
Oba Abolarin stated this, at the weekend, at Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU), Ikeji-Arakeji, while delivering the 10th memorial lecture of the late Aloko of Iloko-Ijesa, Oba Oladele Olasore, titled: “Navigating the wilderness.”
He said: “We are now at crossroads in Nigeria. Everything is in serious short supply but the greatest is leadership. Nothing is more important than leadership. The urgent need of Nigeria now is credible and transformational leadership.”
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