Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has declared that the major adversary Nigeria has is mass poverty and not ethnicity or religion.
Mimiko made this declaration while playing host to the Emir of Kano, His Majesty Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and his entourage at the Governor’s office in Akure, the State Capital.
According to the Governor, there are centrifugal forces trying to tear Nigeria apart.
“I have said it severally that there are centrifugal forces trying to tear us apart but we need relationships like this to remind us that we are one people. The major adversary we have in Nigeria is mass poverty and not ethnicity or religion,” he said.
He maintained that people of like minds can work together to build a country that all Nigerians will be truly proud of.
“People of like minds can actually build these bridges, leverage on what we have to actually build a country that we all will be truly proud of. I think it is a challenge before our new generation who are global citizens.”
Meanwhile, in a brief chat with newsmen after meeting with the Governor, the Emir refused to talk about the Nigerian economy, corruption or politics.
He said that he was in Ondo State to felicitate with the Osemawe of Ondo on achieving ten years on the throne of his forefathers, to wish him the best and bring good wishes from the people of Kano to the people of Ondo.
The Emir equally congratulated Governor Olusegun Mimiko on eight years as governor of Ondo State.
“No, I don’t want to discuss on that, I came here to felicitate with the Osemawe of Ondo on achieving ten years on the throne of his forefathers, to wish him the best and to bring good wishes from the people of Kano to the people of Ondo and to also congratulate the governor on eight years as governor.
“I will not make any statement on the economy or corruption or politics.”
The parmount ruler of Ondo Kingdom, the Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Adesimbo Kiladejo, and some of his high Chiefs were in the company of the Emir for the visit.