Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, has declared that God will redeem Nigeria from its current challenges of insecurity, ethnic and religious tension starting from Oyo State.
The governor, who dwelt on the uniqueness of figure seven, said that God will use the seventh election in the Fourth Republic coming up in 2023 to get Nigeria to perfection.
According to him, the fact that Oyo State currently produced the Seventh President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), as well as the Worldwide President of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) is a sign that God loves Oyo State and would redeem the country starting from Oyo.
The governor also challenged Nigerians to consistently pray for the country and its leaders.
He said that there was the need to be clear-headed about the country’s challenges and how to solve the challenges.
The governor stated this on Sunday, during the thanksgiving service in commemoration of Bishop Francis ‘Wale Oke’s election as the 7th President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, held at the Sword of the Spirit International Ministries headquarters in Ibadan.
Makinde added that the emergence of Bishop Oke as the seventh PFN President at the same period that the 7th Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Supo Ayokunle, is also from Oyo State, showed that the redemption of Nigeria will begin from Oyo State.
The governor, who prayed for the success of the new PFN President as well as the CAN President, and committed them into God’s hands.
While also speaking, the President of CAN, Dr. Supo Ayokunle, said that leaders must ensure justice and fairplay to reduce ethnic and religious tension as well as general insecurity.
He also called on the new PFN President not to shy away from telling truth to power, adding that his friends would hate him for saying the truth.
The new PFN President, Bishop ‘Wale Oke said that governments must use the power of the law to bring sanity to the country, adding that no good government negotiates with bandits, rapists, terrorists and murderers.
The governor, also on Monday reiterated the commitment of his administration to take the space in terms of Agricultural outputs, so as to take many unemployed youths off the street.
The governor stated this while receiving the delegates of African Development Bank (AFDB) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on special Agro-Processing Zones (SAPZ) Project, who came on courtesy visit to his Office at Secretariat, Ibadan, said his administration is standing upon four pillars, which are education, health, expansion of our economy and security.
He commended the Rural Agricultural access Marketing (RAAMP), for fixing over 200 kilometres of rural roads, adding that special Agro-Processing Zones (SAPZ) Project will have the topmost level of the government of Oyo State.
Earlier, the team leader African Development Bank, Dr. Chuck Ezedinma said the Bank is currently in the country to undertake what we call Special Agro- Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZs).
He said the programme is designed for six states, in which Oyo State happens to be one of them.