Ekiti State Governor, Chief Ayodele Fayose, has said Nigeria could grow faster and advance better if those in positions of authority would stop using their positions to intimidate and oppress others.
He said this in his message to mark the nation’s 57th Independence Anniversary.
In the statement made available in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, the governor noted that fairness and equity in the treatment of all sectors, groups and classes were important to taking the nation to higher level.
Fayose stated that a situation where some people were hounded needlessly for voicing their dissent to some policies or for having different political beliefs was not in the best interest of the country.
“I wish the good people of Nigeria a happy Independence Anniversary celebration. We thank God for what He has endowed our nation with and the progress made so far. However, it is my belief that we can move better and faster than we are doing now if we are fair and show equity in the handling of issues affecting us.
‘It is not in the interest of our country when people are persecuted, hounded and hunted for voicing their opinions on national issues or having different political beliefs. We can’t all head the same way politically and we have different cultural and religious affiliations but still one people in one country.
” Using state apparatus to harass people for being in the opposition politically is not the best. Nigeria is for us all and we must not allow personal interests to override our corporate interest, ” he said.
The governor wished the people of the state happy celebration as they also mark the 21 years of the creation of the state.