By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday disclosed that Nigerians still need more efforts and sacrifices for the country to get to its promise land.
He however described the rate at which Nigerians, especially the youth, migrate abroad in search of greener pasture as worrisome, lamenting that the country is losing her best brains to other developed countries of the world.
Abiodun, who spoke at the 59th Independence day anniversary ceremony, organised by the State government at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, described the greener pasture Nigerian youth run after overseas as “a mirage”.
His words, “At 59, our dear country still has much work to do. We must remain patriotic. We must put our nation first. It is worrisome that our people are migrating to other countries for greener pastures.
“While some of our current national challenge may make it tempting to seek fortunes outside our shores, we must also realise that these countries were once in our position with different challenges. And indeed, more often than not, the greener pasture is a mirage”, the Governor added.
Governor Abiodun charged Nigerians, especially the youths to be more patriotic and contribute their quotas to the development of the country instead of seeking greener pasture.
“We must not run away but stay and solve our problems together. I, therefore use this medium to encourage our people to come together as one and solve our challenges for the greater good of our Nation. If we do this, our great Nation will be better.”
“We must realise that we are Nigerians before any other affiliation because of this, we should have the love of this country, whatever responsibilities that we are entrusted with, we should discharge them with fervour and commitment. It is worrisome that our people are migrating to other countries for greener pastures.”
“Our fifty-nine years of political independence as a Nation has not been all glowing. Our dear country survived three traumatic years of the Civil War between 1967-1970; we had our civil liberties curtailed under different military juntas. We also experienced the 1993 political impasse which was close to a National crisis, but we survived it.”
“Our experiences have taught us resilience; we have weathered together a lot of storm as a nation and people, and have come out stronger. It is a testament to our resilience that we are still standing as a country. Since 1999, we have continued to have civilian to civilian transition with each succeeding cycle better than the preceding one. And for this reason, we have cause to celebrate and thank God for keeping us together as a united nation whose diversity remains the tower of her strength,” the Governor said.