The former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, on Thursday said Nigeria would continue to grow stronger rather than break up.
Jakande said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the 27th posthumous birthday celebration of Chief Obafemi Awolowo at Ikenne-Remo, Ogun.
He called for concerted efforts toward the promotion of peace in the country.
Jakande also advised Nigerians to desist from acts capable of stunting the nation’s development.
“Peace building and unity should be our major pre-occupation to ensure socio-political and economic development of the country.
“This is our country and we must not work against her sustainable growth and development.
“If we keep doing the right thing, Nigeria will not break up as being predicted by some people. We will survive,” he said.
Jakande eulogised the Awolowo family, saying politicians should learn to uphold the legacies of the late sage.
“I feel it is good for a country that people who gave their service for its development thereof should be recognised and honoured.
“Doing this will definitely help inspire the future generations to emulate same and promote excellence,” he told NAN.
Jakande commended government at all levels for their efforts and commitment to nation building.
The Anglican Bishop of Zonkwa Diocese in Kaduna State, Rt. Rev. Jacob Kwashi, who delivered the sermon at the service, called on politicians to promote tolerance and understanding.
“For Nigeria to prosper, we must work tirelessly for its unity and progress, which starts by learning to be fair to one another.
“This is irrespective of our religious differences; we must continue to pray and work toward the strengthening of the nation’s unity,” Kwashi said.
NAN reports that the event also witnessed the launching of a book in honour of Mrs Hannah Awolowo.
The book is entitled: “ The Challenges of Womanhood, a Biography.’’ (NAN)