Nation Building Is A Collective Responsibility, Not Government Alone- Dapo Abiodun


Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that the task of Nation building is not for the government alone, rather it is the responsibility of everyone.

Prince Dapo Abiodun who was speaking through the Chief of Staff, Alhaji Schuaib Afolabi Salisu, made the statement during the Special Jumat Service to mark the 61st National Day Celebration of Nigeria, at the Central Mosque, Kobiti, Abeokuta, on Friday, 24th of September, 2021.

The Chief of Staff pointed out, that was why the motto of Ogun administration is Building our Future Together.

He further thanked everyone for the support so far and urged all Ogun citizens to keep supporting and abiding by the laws of the State.

Alh Schuaib Afolabi Salisu, Ogun Chief of Staff

He also charged leaders in various sections and subsections of the State to ensure smooth and transparent administration in their locale.

He added that Nigeria may be facing so many challenges now but she would rise in the long run because Nigeria is bigger than its challenges.

Alhaji Schuaib appreciated the Egba Apex Monarch, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, CFR, Okukenu IV, describing him as an epitome of development in Nigeria through his contributions in the Military, Traditional domain, and others aspects.

Speaking earlier, the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, likened Nigeria’s current situation to a parable, stating that, “if a child falls he looks at the front before staining up, but if an elderly man falls, he looks back and checks his fault.”

Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Alake of Egbaland

Oba Gbadebo further urged that everyone should thank God for how far Nigeria had gone.

He disclosed that Nigeria is always moving forward and the issues of insecurity and others are a test from God, praying that Nigerian would surely pass the test.

“Nigeria is going to be great again and again.” He said.

In his sermon at the occasion, Alhaji Taofeek Amolegbe, the Mufasir of Egbaland, urged all Nigerian to not only work harder, but to add prayer.

Sheikh Amolegbe also said Nigerians had been lazy in utilising the numerous blessings that God had given the Country.

He lamented that the Western world was more developed, despite not having as much mineral and natural resources that Nigeria has.

Mufasir Taofeek Amolegbe

He therefore noted that Nigerian leaders had deviated from what God had given the nation.

The Mufasir of Egbaland charged that Nigerians should think about how to rebuild the wall that had been destroyed, which according to him was, security, electricity, employment, and many others.

“The Western powers cannot help us reform Nigeria. We are the ones that can do it ourselves.” He added.

He also pointed out that the current administration was not responsible for the damage but had vowed to make things better, therefore they need to keep to their promises.

Sheikh Amolegbe recalled that in the Western Region of Nigeria before independence, students easily got scholarships and quality education.

He added that the students later became very useful to Nigeria and gave back to the development of the nation.

He further urged the current administration to continue in their efforts to develop the Nation.

He commended the Ogun Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, stating that there is no State like Ogun State.

Sheikh Sa’adallah Bamigbola, Chief Imam of Egbaland

Special Prayers were offered for Nigeria, Ogun State, Governor Dapo Abiodun and his cabinet, Alake of Egbaland, Egba High Chiefs, and all citizens and residents of Ogun State and Nigerians at large.

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Government officials and dignitaries present at the occasion included Ogun Information Commissioner, Hon Waheed Odusile; Hon Toyin Taiwo, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism; former Head of Service, Engr Lanre Bisiriyu; Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Hon Kehinde Oludare; Special Adviser to Ogun State Governor on Health, Hon Lateef Tayo Lawal; Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta, Prof Adewale Musa-Olomu, and others.

Among the Monarchs and Chiefs present was Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, represented by Oniromu of Iromu, Oba Sikirullah Adeyiga; Olu of Itori, Oba Fatai Akamo; Olu of Odeda, Balogun Egba, Chief Sikirullah Atobatele; Osi Egba, Chief Bode Mustapha; Akingboye Egba, Chief Shakiru Akingbade, and others.

Egba Muslim leaders present included Sheikh Sa’adallah Bamigbola, Chief Imam of Egbaland; President, League of Imams and Alfas, Imam Sikirullah Bablola; BabaAdeen Egba, Rasheed Raji, Wakeelul Muslimeen Lawal alias Sugar; Aare Egba Muslims, Layi Labode, to mention a few.

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