Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has expressed fear that the nation is teetering on the brink of disintegration. Aregbesola bared his mind at the weekend in Osogbo at a dinner organised in honour of the newly elected President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Mr. Femi Adesina and other executive members of the association.
The governor stated that unless the Federal Government urgently took some concrete steps, the nation might collapse. The basis for such palpable fear, Aregbesola said, hinged on the protracted unrest in virtually all the regions of the country. According to him, anyone with the interest of the country at heart would certainly know that “Nigeria is at present closer to failure than success as a nation.” He averred that rather than address the fundamental causes of the crisis, the Federal Government was only scratching them on the surface.
“I am particularly worried about the fate of this nation today. Nigeria is very close to being a failed state than being successful. “A nation can only remain indivisible and hold itself together when people charged with responsibilities refuse to shirk in the dispensation of such responsibilities. “Crises manifest in different ways but the real causes of the nation’s abnormalities have not been addressed. “It is not enough to tag the insurgency in the South as militancy or youth unrest and the one up North as religious crisis or Islamic fundamentalism, rather the utmost thing needed is solutions to all these unrests,” Aregbesola said.
He, therefore, charged the media, which, he said, was the source of information to the people, to practise developmental journalism. He said through this brand of journalism, it would interest all stakeholders where the nation was going. “By this,” the governor said, “media managers will stimulate the people for effective civic responsibilities that will change our attitudes.” He continued: “Media should challenge the leaders and wake them up to their responsibilities.
I want you to use your medium to also correct the bad impressions created for our state. All these are borne out of rumour mongering.” In his remarks earlier, the President of the Guild, Mr. Femi Adesina, who is a native of Osun State, noted that the good work the governor was doing was manifesting across the state. He said the Guild of Editors and the entire media would always support and cooperate with a government that stood for the people like that of Aregbesola.
“We will always cooperate with any government that stands for the people: we will support any government that works with the people. “We will cooperate with any government that serves the people; gives them dividends of democracy and puts smile on their faces like you are doing,” Adesina said.
Thanking the governor and the members of the executive council for the reception, a member of the executive council of the Guild, who is also the Editor, Sunday Sun, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, said the gesture showed the hospitality for which the state was reputed and the good works of the Rauf Aregbesola administration.