15th August, 2022
By Oluwafemi Ojo
Gov Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has reiterated his position on Southern Presidency, stressing that the time has come to rotate power to the South in the interest of justice, equity and fairness.
The governor disclosed this on Sunday at the Convention Agape International Church 34th Annual Convention in Akure.
The theme of the convention is: “This is my Time.”
While re-emphasising the need to shun religious division and misunderstanding, Akeredolu emphasised that the people had always lived together in harmony in spite of their religious differences in the past.
According to him, we have a very interesting coincidence here. Today, we have Her Excellency Omolewa, Wife of the former Governor of Kwara State here.
“I have known her to be a true Christian, a very true one, leading the altar in her home, in a home where the husband is also a true Muslim. And they are all living together peacefully.
“There are many people here that have both Muslims and Christians as family members and there is no quarrel. Religion should not bring quarrels among us and that is where we stand.
“What we believe and stand by is that since we started this Republic in 1999, we have been rotating power from North to South, and for us, by that rotation, this is the time of South.
“This is our time and nobody is going to take it. ‘Awa lokan’. Wonderful theme for this time. When the theme was chosen, I’m sure nobody was thinking about ‘Emi lokan’ or anything, but it is just by coincidence.
“God has spoken through Agape that this is our time. I thank you Agape.” the Governor added.
The governor commended the Church leadership for complying with the government’s directives on the installation of CCTV devices in worship centres and other public places.
Akeredolu thanked God who had made the arrest of attackers of St Francis Catholic Church Owo possible, saying it is a prayer answered.
He further urged the congregation and all residents of the state to always be security conscious and remain alert.
“Please let us be watchful and be security conscious. Our security lies in our hands. We must be alert. God will continue to protect all of us.
“Whatever the government asked you to do, please comply. Have security men at your gates, have your CCTV cameras and check all new faces before allowing them into your churches.”
The governor, who warned those acting as informants to kidnappers in the state, stressed that anybody, camp or village that aids and abets kidnappers in the state would be obliterated.
The General Overseer, Agape International Church, Bishop Felix Adejumo described Governor Akeredolu as the voice of the South West who had been doing a lot to protect the people of Ondo State and the entire South-West region.