Former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (retd.), has described Osun State as a role model to other states within the nation by way of peaceable co-existence among the many individuals, no matter their non secular variations.
The chief of the Nigeria Prays Movement, who arrived the state since Saturday, had led a prayer for the nation via the motion with a view to attaining a peaceable, secured and extra united Nigeria.
He described as superb the style he discovered the individuals of Osun residing collectively in peace and concord and taking part in their roles nicely with prayer and unity for the great of the state, the nation and mankind.
Gowon expressed delight on the heat reception accorded him by Governor Gboyega Oyetola, a Muslim, who additionally agreed to host him in the course of the Muslim competition, a gesture the ex-leader famous others would have politely turned down on the grounds that it was a Sallah interval.
While expressing satisfaction with the extent of understanding and tolerance for each other within the state regardless of variations in non secular beliefs, Gowon maintained that other states and even Nigeria, as a nation, should imbibe such attributes.
He mentioned among the many states within the South West that he and his Nigeria Prays Movement crew had visited, Osun State stood out in all ramifications, confessing a rise in his love for Osun.
The former head of state thanked God for blessing the state with the governor who believes within the efficacy of prayer.
He maintained that Nigerians wanted to develop a sense of unity, love and respect for each other, including that his biggest want was for Nigeria to proceed to dwell in unity and peace.
He thanked the governor for the nice and cozy reception and prayed God to help him in his willpower to take the state to larger heights.
“I’m delighted to inform everybody that Osun is a role model for other states within the nation, as a result of it has attributes that should be adopted by all to have peaceable co-existence.
“All the non secular our bodies: Christianity, Islam and conventional faith are clearly taking part in out their roles right here as prayer warriors for the great of the state, for the great of Nigeria, and for the great of mankind.
“Honestly, among the many states that now we have been to as Nigeria Prays Movement, Osun stands out. We had been nicely acquired, and we noticed your good character on show. The governor instructed me he’s a man of prayers and he believes in prayers.
“I can affirm the manifestation of his prayers and robust perception in God on the lifetime of the individuals. You definitely made us to really feel very loving in the direction of each other and I’ll say thanks very a lot certainly.
“Honestly, I feel I’ve fallen in love with Osun State and its individuals, and that is the place I see the religion in Nigeria that Muslims and Christians in addition to traditionalists go hand in hand to have a good time each other in fact, by bringing a sense of unity, love and respect for each other.
“Nigeria needs this more than anything else. My prayer has always been: let Nigeria continue to dwell in peace and unity,” he mentioned.
Governor Oyetola mentioned he felt honoured to welcome the previous head of state to the state.
He described the retired common as a man of historical past that might not be forgotten, including that National Youth Service Corps was established throughout his time because the nation’s chief and it fostered unity until date.
He mentioned Gowon was a man with out controversy and recommended him for serving Nigeria nicely to guarantee improvement and unity.
Oyetola mentioned the retired common had continued to show satisfactory statesmanship as a result of even after leaving workplace, he nonetheless had the love of Nigeria at coronary heart as expressed in his institution of the Nigeria Prays Movement, a main religious physique within the nation.
The governor maintained that God resides in Osun as a result of foremost religious leaders within the nation are from the state. He disclosed that the choice by authorities to return History as a topic to the college syllabus would avail the youthful generations of the chance of studying concerning the historical past of nice males like Gowon, significantly on his role in main Nigeria to victory in the course of the three-year civil battle.
Oyetola, who thanked Gowon for tagging Osun a model to other states of the federation by way of residing collectively in peace and unity, additionally known as on the individuals to eschew violence and dwell in peace and unity as brothers and sisters.
He added that Osun thrived on prayers of which he the governor is a beneficiary.