By Henry Odeh
The Oyo state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged Christians in the state to continue to show love, compassion, kindness, tolerance, and forgiveness as Nigeria and the rest of the world celebrate Easter.
The goodwill message was contained in a statement from the ruling party’s office signed by the state publicity secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
The party urged residents to as a matter of civic responsibility continue show love, tolerance, and forgiveness to one another noting that man could never attain perfection since only God is perfect.
Engr Olatunji stated that the fact that this Easter came at a time the entire world was grappled in a dilemma of finding a lasting solution to a pandemic that threatens human existence regardless of color, religion, or tribe was enough reason for sober reflection on the essence of the season.
He stated further that human beings were created equal before politics placed demarcation on them on the basis of participation, personal and political influence, as well as social strata, stressing that all man remains equal before God.
The party spokesman charged Oyo residents especially the Christians, to set all forms of political differences aside and emulate the love of Jesus Christ, who thought to love, tolerate, and to forgive one another at all times.
The party particularly lauded governor Seyi Makinde for his ruggedness and profound philosophy towards public administration stressing that Makinde’s every move and approach to governance has consistently become a template for others to adopt.
The party stressed that Makinde’s political philosophy has redefined political perception in the state and has already started impacting lives across party lines with countless testimonies.
Engr Olatunji added that the fire brigade approach to solving problems in Nigeria has unconsciously led many unsuspecting Nigerians to accept it as an normal style noting that it was for that reason some expected the governor to declare a total lockdown in the State regardless of individual state’s economic and socioeconomic peculiarities.
The party declared that governor Makinde has displayed uncommon leadership qualities by embracing an all inclusive style of government in the face of political competition ridden on the backdrop of lies, deceit, and propaganda.
Engr Olatunji said that PDP in Oyo state noted with nostalgia how governor Makinde despite scarce resources and dwindling internally generated revenue has been able to successfully keep the state safe from a larger outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic despite its close proximity to Lagos state which is the worst hit in Nigeria.
Engr Olatunji said that there could not be a better time for the state to match forward into light through a transparent and accountable government of Peoples Democratic Party in the state under the leadership of governor Seyi Makinde than now as the people have practically identified with Makinde led administration as the best in the country.
The party enjoined all residents to continue to pray for God’s wisdom and divine intervention as the government battles the dreaded corona virus pandemic headlong.
He assured that the party will continue to provide all needed supports in terms of feedbacks and liaison between the people and the state government in order to continually give the people adequate sense of belonging.