•Tells NigeriansTo Be Patriotic
Action Congress gubernatorial candidate in Osun state in the April 14,2007 general elections, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola has urged the people of the state to be optimistic as the hope and yearning of the people will surely triumph.
The politician in his New Year message to the citizenry saluted the courage, candour and perseverance of the people in the face of persecution and harassment.
According to a statement signed by one of his aides, Mr. Oyintiloye Olatunbosun, Aregbesola congratulated Nigerians on the New Year celebration and urged them to pray fervently for peace which is a necessary condition for consequential development and growth.
He urged Nigerians not to lose hope as better days await them as a nation despite the poor state of the economy, lamenting that “at 48, the country is not yet the nation of our collective dream, where unlimited opportunities abound”.
Aregbesola added that Nigeria with her numerous natural resources, has every ingredient for greatness, if matched with assertive nature and tenacity of purpose.
He stated further that the country has a form of government that is more tolerable than military rule despite the ambiguity in the constitution and drawbacks in our Electoral Act, which he said undermine Genuine federalism.
The statement read: “Nigerians collectively must be handed a new duty to continue the fight for true democracy and social equality that will guide us to our envisioned society, where parties and government are accepted and genuinely mandated by the people through their votes.
“This will dependably implement programmes that will satisfy the long-neglected needs and aspirations of the people; for a transforming and practical education, gainful employment, extensive and efficient infrastructure, a diversified and buoyant economy, access to healthy living by all and care for the ill, security of lives and property. In short, an end to all forms of corruption, their concomitant effects, and the beginning of peace and prosperity for all.”
He also urged Nigerians to faithfully discharge their obligation to the government and respect the rule of law to enable the country thrive as a nation.
The politician condemned the spate of violence in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country, urging warring parties to embrace dialogue and cease hostilities.
He reiterated that only rapid infrastructural development, economic revitalization and good governance would bring about lasting peace in the country.
He condemned the administration in Osun State for policies that only makes life difficult for the people, adding that change is around the corner for the masses.
The statement further reads,” Indeed, my heart goes out to the masses, our heroes and heroines, who have been staunch in the cutting edge of this onerous and ennobling struggle for the emancipation of our state from this bizarre form of governance, and despotism that is blatantly and increasingly open to the derision of our people.
“As we celebrate the New Year, we look with hope to the year ahead, not to the opportunities it brings, but also the changes, for we anticipate, and are indeed prepared for them”.
By shina abubakar