The paramount ruler of Oginigba kingdom, Eze, Dr. Amb. G. B. Odum, JP has emphasized the critical need for peace and unity among Nigerians.
He underscored that unity and peaceful coexistence is the cornerstone for progress and prosperity, urging citizens to stand together in the face of challenges.
The monarch, who addressed journalists at his palace while delivering a message to Nigerians to mark the nation’s 63rd Independence Day celebration, praised Nigeria’s rich diversity, noting that it is a source of strength that should be celebrated and embraced.
King Odum emphasized that a united nation can achieve greatness, highlighting the need for fostering understanding, tolerance, and respect among all communities.
He admonished Nigerians to have faith in the state broadcast of the President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, highlighting the need for people to be patient and work in consonance with the government towards actualizing the dream of the nation’s founding fathers.
“Although, many Nigerians are passing through economic challenges due to the removal of fuel subsidy, the President has promised to cushion the effects through renewed economic reform policies”, he said.
King Odum, further advised the people to still find the need to cheer up because the country has witnessed unbroken democracy since 1999 till date, unlike some ECOWAS countries experiencing coups and wars.
The monarch praised Rivers State governor, His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara GSSRS for his development strides within 100 days in office, particularly his resolution to continue from where his predecessor, Chief (Barr) Nyesom Wike, GSSRS, stopped and the numerous projects commissioned and flagged off in the areas of education, health care and network of internal roads.
The monarch also used the Independence anniversary to advise youths in the state, to shun cultism and all vices inimical to development of the state, frowning at the brutal murder of the Ahoada East DPO.
He said: “As for my domain, Oginigba kingdom, the Eze in council and opinion leaders often enlighten the youths through meetings to avoid cultism and other anti social vices, embrace education and skill acquisition in order to benefit from the multinational companies in the community”.
King Odum also noted that Oginigba is peculiar due to the giant companies in the domain, assuring that his reign will not entertain violence that will truncate business operations.
He concluded his address with a call for solidarity, reminding Nigerians that together they can build a brighter future for generations to come.