By: Okunade Adekunle
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed optimism about the country in becoming greater than its previous and present status, saying that the best is round the corner.
This is even as he said that there is much to gain if the country unites, as this would bring about the anticipated greatness, which is about to be experienced shortly.
Ambode, who stated this in his goodwill message, delivered by the state’s head of service Mrs Olabowale Ademola, at a special church service, held at the Chapel of Christ the Light Church, Alausa, to commemorate Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary, said all hands must be on deck to work for the unity among all the ethnic nationalities, noting that there is strength, greatness and abundant opportunity in the country’s diversity.
The governor said whatever difficulties that are being experienced in the country at present, must be seen as the sacrifice to be paid for a prosperous future.
“We have been confronted with different challenges in our 57 years journey as a nation. Even as we speak, we are passing through difficult times and challenges that are threatening our corporate existence as a nation, united with shared destiny.
“This is a time for sober reflection; it is a time to think not only about ourselves but more about the kind of nation we desire to bequeath to our children, grandchildren and generations yet unborn. Of what value would the wealth, knowledge bequeathed on our wards be, if we do not start now to value our nation and strive hard to make it great once again.
“Let us look beyond self-gratification, and pursue interests that will advance our collective good and start doing things the right way. We should speak with one voice against the ills of the society which undermines our prosperity and greatness as a nation,” He said.
Ambode further charged that divisive thoughts, utterances and actions, which are capable of threatening the country’s unity, must be eschewed.
Speaking to journalists after the service, permanent secretary, ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs Toyin Awoseyi, who represented the commissioner Dr. Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, called for peace among the people by living in one accord.
She enjoined them to continue to support the government to achieve the expected greatness.
In a sermon on the theme: “Unto Greater Glory”, the preacher Rev. Dr. Michael Ayo-Obiremi, while noting that the country was yet to attain its greatest height, said it has seen “flashes of glory” since independence, which were however cut short following failure on the part of the people, who on many accounts, have not retailed God in their lives and dealings.
He however assured that the country would enter into a higher realm of glory in this dispensation if first the people turn to God in righteousness and holiness, and terminate things that threaten the country’s unity and peace while promoting values and attitudes that would bring about the greater glory.