Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has eulogized Nigeria’s Armed Forces for selfless services and making supreme sacrifices for the peace and unity of Nigeria.
Makinde disclosed this during a Church Service to mark the 2020 Armed Forces and Remembrance Day Celebration, held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Aremo, Ibadan on Sunday.
He appreciated the officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces for the supreme sacrifice they have made for the unity of the country and the peace of the world.
The Governor noted, “We have a record of members of the Armed Forces that actually fought in the World War. So, they have contributed to peace in the world we know you have taken a lot of risk on behalf of all of us and we just want to say thank you.”
He however warned the ruling class that the nation’s natural resources alone cannot take it to the desired prosperity without judicious management and usage, adding that education and human capital development would remain the top priority of his administration.
The Governor said no country of the world can become prosperous by merely relying on natural resources, adding that “knowledge is power and that is why, in this administration, education will still remain top priority.”
Makinde begged to differ from what the Archbishop said in his Sermon that the country’s leaders have been managing poverty although God has blessed the country immensely, according to the Governor, natural resources alone can never take any country or society out of poverty.
He asserted, “The only thing that can take us out of poverty is how we can organise ourselves and how we utilize those natural resources. We can have an abundance of it and we still waste it. As a matter of fact, if we look at the trajectory of countries that have been successful…they utilise the brain God has given to them, developed it and utilised it.”
The Governor stated that such countries take natural resources from other countries, refine them and sell back to the countries they got them from at a high cost and are therefore able to take themselves out of poverty.
Makinde charged Nigerians to emulate the Armed Forces by organising themselves and doing the right thing at the right time, adding that citizens should look beyond the natural resources God has given and utilise the talents inherent in individuals, because according to him, that is what can take the country out of poverty.
“One of the things that is fascinating to me is how the Armed Forces have been organised. When you go to their function, I cherish the way they carry themselves,” he said.
He, therefore, wished the members of Nigerian Armed Forces and their families a fruitful celebration and pledged the continuous support of his administration.
Earlier in his sermon, the Archbishop of Ibadan Province, Most Reverend Segun Okubadejo, appreciated the members of the Nigerian Armed Forces for protecting the lives and property of the citizens in Nigeria.
He admonished them to always put God first in all their dealings, even as he maintained that members of the Armed Forces were known to be indispensable in the society, calling on all leaders in the country to manage the nation’s natural resources well so that the poverty in the land could be alleviated.
Personalities that attended the service included the wife of the Governor, Mrs Tamunominini Makinde; the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun; Deputy Chief of Staff, Hon. Mojeed Mogbonjubola; General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Major-General Anthony Omozoje; Commander 2 Division, Garrison Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General O.O. Soyele; Chairman Nigerian Legion, Oyo State Command, Deacon Micheal Fajimi; military officers, members of paramilitary organisations and many top government officials.