By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has called on Nigerians to shun divisive tendencies, but, promote things that bind the country together .
The governor stated this on Thursday while addressing the Southern Governors’ Wives who paid him a courtesy visit at his Oke-Mosan office,Abeokuta.
Amosun noted that every Nigerian must rise above party affiliation, religion and ethnic sentiments and promote unity and peaceful coexistence.
While commending them for coming together despite their husbands’ political differences , Amosun urged them to continue to learn from one another as they share experiences from their different states.
He underscored the important roles of women in the polity, adding that they are more in population and always coming out enmass to vote during every election.
He said: ” Myself and my brother governors are in support of what you are doing . Despite all challenges we still smile because you are there for us. You relieve us of the burden . Continue with what you are doing. Continue in sisterly love among yourselves.
“You are sharing ideas,knowledge and different socio-political ideas. As Nigerians, this is what we should do.We should speak less of what divide us”.
The chairperson of the Southern Governors Wives Forum, Mrs Nneoma Rochas-Okorocha said the forum was initiated by the wife of the President Hajia Aisha Buhari.
She said the position of women was key in the society, noting that if a woman got it right, the home, community, state and the nation would get it right.
While she described women as those who nurture things in their care, she argued that whatever not nurtured would die.
She said,”If we must get it right, women must be given opportunity. There is something about a woman, she’s a nurturer and whatever you don’t nurture dies.”
Mrs Okorocha said Ogun State was the fifth port of call by the forum, having held their meeting in the past in Imo, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, and Abia.
She said everywhere the association held the meeting, they impact positively on the lives of people in the state, most especially women.