Delta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Sunday said only truth, justice, equity and fairness to all zones of the country could guarantee a united Nigeria.
Governor Okowa stated this at the thanksgiving service of the second anniversary of the 7th Assembly of Delta State House of Assembly held at Living Faith Church, ( Winners Chapel), Asaba.
He said that he believed in the unity of the country but that leaders must act in the interest of diversity in the nation.
According to the Governor, only such acts of justice and fairness to all the zones can encourage Nigerians to believe in the unity of the country.
He said that Nigerians were facing challenging times, and urged all Christians to be very prayerful “because only God can truly turn things around for this nation, not Mr President or Mr Governor and not the National Assembly can change things”.
“There is a lot for us to learn as a nation even from what we have seen now and what we are passing through; we must work together for the progress and unity of this nation.
“Do not lose hope and faith in God; let us play our individual roles apart from prayers.
“Many times we recite our national anthem without considering the words in it, we can truly serve our country with love and strength if we believe in the unity of the country.
“There is a lot of call for restructuring and national dialogue because of the things we are seeing but we must continue to keep faith in our country, because things will definitely change for the better.
“For those of us who find ourselves in government, we must truly re-examine ourselves to be sure that we are truly serving our nation, Nigeria and not serving ourselves or some sections of the country and ignoring others.
“We must continue to see Nigeria as one country and all things done must be done truly in such a way that reflects that unity in us so that every zone will truly believe that we are in one Nigeria,” he said.
The governor commended members of the House of Assembly for their cooperation with the Executive in the service of the state.
“I thank God for this day because the 7th Assembly is here to thank God for their second anniversary.
“I am very proud of the Assembly because for whatever we have achieved under these trying times is because they have remained very supportive.
“Many times you have placed the interest of the state above personal interests and I believe that as we start off the third year that a new beginning will come into you to offer greater services in the remaining two years.