Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has asked all those canvassing for the breakup of Nigeria not to resort to violence.
Instead, the governor urges them to offer prayers for Nigeria to attain greatness.
Amosun who made the call during the thanksgiving service to mark the 57th anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence, held at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter, Ake, Abeokuta, said the unity displayed by Nigerians over the past 57 years, has shown that the country cannot break.
The Governor, represented by Deputy Governor Yetunde Onanuga, at the special service, agrees that Nigeria at the moment is facing several challenges, but believes it has the potential to overcome them.
The Archbishop of Lagos Ecclesiastical Province, Most Reverend Michael Fape, in his sermon, said Nigeria is in its current state, because of the baseless prayers being offered to god by its citizens.
Reverend Fape, who is also the Bishop of Remo Diocese, explained that the present condition of Nigeria is more compounded by the corruption and greediness of its leaders, individual citizens and the unwillingness of clergymen to speak the truth.
In attendance at the special service were top traditional rulers, including the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo; the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, represented by the Dagburewe of Idowa, Oba Yinusa Adekoya.
Others were the speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi; Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa; head of the state civil service, Abayomi Sobande; and the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Tolu Odebiyi.
Also at the special independence anniversary were members of the state executive council and head of military and para military agencies in the state.