Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has said the greatest challenge confronting Nigeria at the moment is the task of nation-building and selfless leaders to lead in that direction.
This was contained in a message on the 55th independence anniversary signed by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon.
Aregbesola commended Nigerians on the efforts and sacrifices towards building a democratic, just and humane society, as well as the sustenance of the current democratic process which, so far, is the longest in the political history of the country since its independence from Britain in 1960.
According to the governor, Nigerians, leaders as well as followers, have the duty to support, sustain and protect this hard won democracy.
He stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is poised to reposition the country, turn around its fortunes and put its ship on smooth and steady sail.
The statement said in part: “We are in a critical stage in our journey for sustainable democracy. Therefore, we must do everything humanly possible to protect this democratic process, the longest so far in the annals of our political evolution.
“Our founding fathers, with sincerity of purpose, fought for a country where there will be equal opportunities, freedom of expression and association as well as security of life and property.
“They fought for a nation where the rule of law would reign supreme and be the dominant guiding doctrine; where true federalism would be the rule rather than exception, thereby giving all federating units the freedom to develop at their own pace.
“I have strong, unwavering conviction and sincere hope that this country would still stand tall and become great again.
“As a nation with diverse social, ethnic, cultural and linguistic characteristics, all we need to do is to jointly harness all the distinctive attributes and turn them into positive factors for our unity, growth and development,” he stated.

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