59th Independence Anniversary celebration kicks off in Kwara

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin 


The Kwara State Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi is preaching unity and love for another as Nigeria marks its 59th Independence Anniversary on October 1.

Mr Alabi says leadership is about helping and giving to the people as well as the State.

He stated this on Sunday while addressing the Congregation at the 59 Independence Anniversary Celebration Church Service held at Saint John African Church, Maraba, Ilorin.

Praying for government
The Deputy Governor called on Nigerians to pray for the government to do the right thing at the right time.

“I am happy to be here today, I am happy we won the election, God did it for us as His people. Pray for us, yes we won the physical battles next is the spiritual war that must be won,” he stressed.

Mr Alabi who represented Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the Service called on the people to embrace peace as the government strive to develop the State in all areas of human endeavours.

The Deputy Governor noted that he can never vouch for anybody, but will vouch for Governor AbdulRazaq whom he described as ”an upright man interested in fixing the State.”

The Chairman of the State Christian Association of Nigeria CAN, Evangelist Timothy Opoola prayed that the Lord would deliver the Nation from all its challenges as the citizens celebrate at 59.

Opoola, a Professor of Mathematics thanked God for liberating the State as God rules in the affairs of man.

The CAN Chairman pledged the support of the Christian Community to the government.

The Bishop of Saint John African Church, Maraba, Ilorin, Right Reverend Felix Ogunmodede congratulated Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq led government for their victory calling on the government to ”to continue its good work for the benefit of the people.”

“We knew what happened before the election, we knew what transpired before the election and the struggle the people went through before the coming of the present government now a dream,” he said.

Reverend Ogunmodede said; “when this government came into power it was like a revival, the way God moved in the state was a surprise and to whom much is given, much is expected.”

Campaign promises
The Bishop called on the government to fulfil its electioneering campaign promises to the people and rule with the fear of God.

The Cleric who commended the various initiatives of the government, advised it to be fair and appoint Youth into their cabinet.

He challenged the government to address the various rot in the Country particularly corruption and illegally acquisition of wealth among others.

Solution to insecurity
Reverend Ogunmodede urged the Nigerian Government to find lasting solutions to the security challenges affecting the Nation especially the farmers/herdsmen crisis and kidnapping.

According to the Bishop, the security of lives and property of Nigerians should be given priority attention.

He called on the people to continue to pray for those in authorities and contribute their quota to the development and progress of the Nation.

The Secretary of the State CAN, Reverend Idowu Ibitoye thanked God for the new leadership that emerged in the state which he noted had displayed sincerity, passion and commitment in moving the state forward.

The third scriptural reading was read by the Deputy Governor taken from Psalm 126.1-6, the Head of Service, Mrs Dupe Oluwole and the State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun had taken the first and Second readings.

Special prayer were offered for the leaders, the State and the Nation.

The 59 Independence Anniversary Celebration Church Service was attended  by the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Tokunbo Alabi, Deputy House Leader, Mr John Bello and his wife, members of the State Security Council, Permanent Secretaries and the Executive Chairman of the State Internal Revenue Service, Mrs Folashade Omoniyi.


Mercy Chukwudiebere