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Fayemi reaffirms its commitment to the unity of the nation and peaceful coexistence

By Yinusa Ishola

Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti said the state government is committed to contributing its quota to building a nation where unity, peace and justice will continue to thrive.

Fayemi said this when he received Methodist Church prelate His Eminence Dr. Samuel Uche in Ado-Ekiti on Monday.

The governor, who described the task of nation building as an ongoing process, said manly nation building could not be achieved by decree.

According to him, for a perfect union to be achieved, the nation must continue to exist without any sense of discrimination and sense of oppression among its subjects.

He said those in positions of authority must continue to work diligently for the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.

“I heard you talking in the media about some of the challenges we were facing in the country and your take on how to overcome those challenges.

“It is heartwarming that these perspectives are not quite far removed from some of the things we have preached because, more importantly, our country needs prayer and you have been doing it tirelessly.

“We must continue to build a nation of justice and peace, but the nation-building process is still ongoing.

“Nation building is not something that can be done by decree,” Fayemi said.

He said that if the government is to work towards a perfect union, it must continue to improve the ownership of land by all who belong to it without discrimination or feelings of oppression.

“And for us at Ekiti, maybe it’s because we’re from one branch, we don’t even understand the concept of discrimination very well.

“That is why we do not subscribe to it in any form and we do not believe that our country will develop if it discriminates against any of its citizens,” he said.

The governor commended the leaders of the Methodist Church for making an enormous contribution to the socio-economic development of the country, especially in the areas of health and education.

Fayemi called for more prayers to overcome the challenges of the country and maintain a harmonious and peaceful coexistence among the peoples.

Earlier, the Methodist prelate, accompanied by a few archbishops, bishops and priests, stressed the need for good leadership and guarding against discrimination to avoid agitation for secession.

Uche noted that it would take a leadership commitment to overcome the many challenges facing the country. (NAN)

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