Oni, Senators Predict Victory over Bandits, Insurgents

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Victor Ogunje

A former governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni, has said though the country was in dire need of purposeful leadership to overcome her economic and insecurity challenges, he, however predicted victory at the end of the day.

Similarly, the Southern Senators Forum, has called for concerted efforts by all Nigerians for the country to overcome the the barrage of onslaughts by bandits and insurgents, who were killings, kidnapping and raping Nigerian citizens.

Oni, in his message to Muslims yesterday, on the occasion of the Eid-el-Maulud, marking the birth of Prophet Mohammed, rejoiced with Muslim Ummah in Ekiti State, Nigeria and the world.

“In the spirit of this special day bequeathed to mankind by the Almighty Allah (SAW), I pray that our nation shall be inspired to seek the rebirth of quality leadership, quality thinking and quality ideas.

“In this season of politics, permit me to use the significance of this celebration to urge the people and political stakeholders in the country to be conscientious, purposeful and deliberate in finding and supporting good leaders with proven track records at all levels, who will work selflessly and assiduously to salvage the country.

“Our country is in dire need of quality leaderships at all levels of government, who can learn from the giant strides recorded by Prophet Muhammad to do something extraordinary in the remaking of Nigeria”.

The senators in their congratulatory message to Muslims, signed by their Chairman, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele and Secretary General, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, predicted Nigeria would be great if the citizens remained united and patriotic.

The 51 Senators across party divides said with unity among Nigerians, masterminds of criminal activities would not only be defeated, but would be exterminated completely in the country.

They said Nigerians have had enough of bloodsheds from insurgents and bandits, saying time has come for all to unite in prayers and actions to tame the murderous gangs that were creating sorrow and anguish in the system.

“We felicitate our Muslim ummah on the occasion of Eid-maulud, which symbolises the birth of Prophet Mohammed (SWT). It is worthy of note that celebrating the Prophet’s birth signposted the fact that he lived a peaceful, purposeful, sacrificial and rewarding life, which makes him worth celebrating on yearly basis.

“We want the Nigerian populace to learn from the life and time of Prophet Mohammed, who preached love, sacrifice, hopefulness, peaceful coexistence, unity, generosity, and these are the virtues all citizens, especially, every Muslim must imbibe for Nigeria to progress and develop.

“No nation can progress without unity. Nigeria is one of the most religious nations in the world. We must live by the foundations that were laid as well as preaching of those we follow in our religious inclinations,” the statement stated.