A former lawmaker in Lagos State, Hon. Segun Olulade, has called on Nigerians to embrace peace for the country to move forward, saying that the strength of the country lies in her diversity.
Olulade, who said this on Saturday, in Lagos, while speaking with journalists after the Road Walk titled ” Peace Walk With Eleniyan At 50″, added that Nigerians must see the country as their own and take ownership.
He explained that peace was important in making the country great and that Nigeria cannot afford to experience civil war again, adding that the country was yet to get over the effect of 1967 civil war.
The former legislator stated that dialogue could be used to settle matters of national concern instead of war, asking Nigerians to vote credible people that have the interest of the nation at heart into the National Assembly when election comes up.
Olulade stated further: “Nigerians should come together irrespective of the tribe, religion or background to solve their challenges. We have seen a situation whereby an Igbo woman marries a Yoruba man, we have seen a Yoruba man marrying a Hausa/Fulani woman, Ijaw woman marrying an Ilaje man.
“What Nigerians are asking for is peace, good leadership, economic growth and development. Nigerians want food on their table”.
” It is for us to have good roads and shelter, this can only be achieved with good leadership. We can’t import good leadership into this country.
“We have qualified and knowledgeable people who can steer thi ship of this country to greatness. For me, it is expected of us to unite ourselves and understand that we own this country and we work together as one.
“We should not allow any politician to divide us. We should not allow any political party, group or individuals who are benefiting from the outside Nigeria to divide us. We don’t have any other country we can call our own. We cannot go to another country and be first class citizen. We must come together and ensure we develop this country.”.
The road walk which was well attended by notable nollywood artistes, former state lawmakers, supporters of Eleniyan movement, youths and students, started from LTV 8 premises at about 7:30am. The participants walked through Lateef Agidingbi road, Alausa CBD, Secretariat, House of Assembly way, then to RadioLagos/Eko Fm.
The event was part of the lineup programme for the celebration of his 50th birthday in this month.