By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday appealed to Nigerians to resist any attempt to destroy the unity of the country.
Osinbajo made the appeal during the flag-off of the All Progressives Congress (APC), revalidation and registration exercise and revalidation of his membership of the APC at ward1, Unit 3, Egunrege, Ikenne , in Ikenne local government.
The Vice president stated that the government must continue to attend to the cries of communities for justice, equity and fairness, saying that the nation was stronger together than apart.
He explained that security challenges currently witnessing in the country were not insurmountable.
“We are in government at one of the most challenging times in history. The pandemic has made matters worse, and we have also had security challenges that have stretched our law enforcement capacities all over the country. What we must ensure are prosecution of all those who have been arrested for kidnapping, banditry and all other forms of criminalities.
“There must be evidence that justice is being done. This is achievable by stronger collaboration between the police, states Ministries of Justice and the Federal Ministry of Justice.
“With the new Service Chiefs, we have a fresh set of eyes, intellect, skills and a fresh look at strategies against the insurgency in the North East , as well as banditry and kidnapping elsewhere.
” In this new approach much greater emphasis is being placed on technology for surveillance, intelligence gathering and attack,” he said.
Osinbajo stressed that that there must be state police structure, saying that it was important to speed up and strengthen the community policing structures.
He said that states must continually train, educate and formalize their local security structures so that they complement the Federal law enforcement agencies.
On the revalidation of his APC membership, he said he was pleased to participate in the exercise.
“Permit me to welcome you all to Ikenne my home town and more importantly the home town of Papa Obafemi Awolowo, the father and progenitor of the great movement that we call “the progressives” today.
“It is on the broad shoulders of the social democratic philosophies of the maximum happiness and well being of all the people that we in our great party the APC-stand firmly and confidently today.
“Party registration and revalidation is important because it offers us an opportunity to have a credible roll of members such that we are able to reach our members from the polling booth level all the way to the wards, local government, and federal constituencies.
“Why do we want to reach our people?
The people are the party and the party is the people. Ours is a grassroots party. A party of the people. Our focus is on the welfare, prosperity and wellbeing of all our people,” he said.
State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, commended Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari for going back to their respective wards to revalidate their membership of the ruling party.
Abiodun who revalidated his membership of the party at ward 3, unit 1, Ita Sonyin, Iperu-Remo, said the registration and revalidation exercise would be successful in Ogun, adding that new members would be mobilised for the party during the exercise.
The Southwest Team Leader of Registration and Revalidation Committee, Sen. Lawan Shuaib, said the exercise was to establish that ward remained the power base of the party.
He pointed out that anyone who desired to join the party do so at the ward level, declaring that ward executive had power to discipline erring party members.
National Chairman of the APC Registration and Revalidation Committee and Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello, said since 2014 when the party held similar exercise, the party had lost some members and gained more members, hence, the imperative of the 2021 exercise.