Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has called on Nigerians to desist from acts that are capable of dividing the nation.
Instead, the governor urged them to embrace peace, love and unity.
In his Easter message, the governor appealed to Nigerians to live in peace by availing themselves with what the resurrection of Jesus Christ symbolises.
While alluding to the fact that the nation “is going through challenges”, Abiodun enjoined the citizenry to emulate the love Christ showed while being crucified, so as to move the country forward.
As he wished the Christian faithful a wonderful Easter celebration, the governor charged them to pray for the country to overcome its socio-economic challenges, calling on the people not to be wary, but to trudge on.
“As a people, let us hold on to one another and support the government in its fight against banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and other forms of insecurity. Let us continue to pray for the progress and unity of Nigeria, and let us desist from acts capable of dividing us more,” Abiodun pleaded.
Meanwhile, Govenor Abiodun had expressed sadness over the death of the late Afenifere spokesmen, Yinka Odumakin, who died on Saturday.
Abiodun, who said he received the news of Odumakin’s passing with sadness, described the activist as being humane and altruistic, saying his activities will remain indelible in people’s hearts and history.
He also stated that he commiserate with his immediate family, especially his wife and “Siamese twins” Joy, the also said as he pray for comfort for the soul of Mr Odumakin who will be dearly missed,” he stated.
Days after Resident Doctors embarked on a nationwide industrial action, Nigerian judiciary workers have announced their plans to join suit.
The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) declared that the indefinite action will commence after the Easter holiday.
A circular issued on Saturday ordered the closure of courts across the country from Tuesday, April 6.
The communication signed by JUSUN’s General Secretary, I. M. Adetola, copied all states and zonal heads of the union.
JUSUN recalled that at its last national meeting on March 13, in Abuja, a 21-day deadline was issued to the government.
The union is demanding the immediate implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary.
“As a result of the public holiday on April 5, 2021, the strike action has been postponed to Tuesday, April 6, 2021.
“You are directed to shut down courts and departments in your states until further notice from the National Secretariat of JUSUN in Abuja,” the circular read.
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, is saddened over the unfortunate passage of Yinka Odumakin.
The late Odumakin was a Rights Activist and the spokesman of the apex Yoruba socio-cultural body, Afenifere until his demise
Odumakin died on Saturday after he had reportedly recovered from COVID-19.
Reacting to the demise of the Afenifere spokesman, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in a statement by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and made available to DAILY POST on Saturday evening, said the late Yinka Odumakin was a true believer of restructuring, and has as well, sacrificed a lot in deepening the nation’s democracy through his criticisms of government’s draconian policies.
The highest Igbo group further said it is saddened that Yinka Odumakin died at a time the country is in search of solutions to its teething problems, ranging from insecurity to a dwindling economy.
Ohanaeze urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to adopt some of the laudable ideas of Odumakin in solving the current myriad of challenges ravaging the country.
The socio-cultural organization said the Afenifere chieftain would be greatly missed for his patriotism, forthrightness and doggedness in the current fight for a true and united Nigeria devoid of ethnic sentiments.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in the statement, however, condoled with Odumakin’s family, Afenifere and the Yoruba nation at large on the sudden death of Yinka, praying the Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest.
Also, mourning the unfortunate demise of Yinka Odumakin, the Chief Whip of the Senate, and Former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Kalu, expressed sadness over the passing of the prominent activist and spokesperson of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere.
Extolling the virtues of the strong advocate of democracy, Kalu stressed that Odumakin contributed to the enthronement and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria, adding that he will be remembered for his worthy legacies.
The former Governor, while conveying his sincere condolences to the wife of the deceased, Dr. Josephine Odumakin and the Afenifere group, called on the Odumakin family to take solace in the fact that the deceased lived a life dedicated to the service of mankind.
In a statement on Saturday, Senator Kalu said, “I received with shock, the painful news of the demise of the spokesperson of Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere and renowned activist, Dr. Yinka Odumakin.
“The late Odumakin was bold, courageous, selfless, patriotic and fearless and as such, these attributes made him a notable and respected figure in his endeavours.
“He played key roles in the socio-political development of Nigeria, especially as a strong advocate of a fair and just society.
“His good deeds will continue to speak for him”.
The former Governor, who prayed for the repose of Odumakin’s soul, urged the deceased’s family to uphold the outstanding qualities of the late activist.