Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said unity at community levels will go a long way in bringing about the desired unity and peace, at the national level.
He said unity, naturally, breaks challenges and makes things look up.
He spoke through a statement on Thursday, in the aftermath of the traditional visit of the Olowu of Owu, Oba (Dr.) Adegboyega Dosunmu, to the various Owu sections in Abeokuta areas of Abeokuta North Local Government of Ogun State.
The rite was part of activities marking the 2021 edition of annual ‘Odun Omo Olowu Day’ celebration, held in Abeokuta.
In the statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr.Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo who is the Prime Minister (Balogun) of Owu Kingdom, praised the efforts of the Erunmu section for their enduring unity in the land.
Obasanjo stressed that the unity in Erunmu had brought tremendous progress, “because there is peace when there is unity among us. Such peace should be extended and by extension to the entire Owu kingdom.”
He added, “Last year, we prayed for unity and this year, we are thanking God here at Erunmu for the progress recorded.
“Once again, I want to celebrate and rejoice with you all. You have been doing it right and may you never fail in doing it right.”
Obasanjo also said the people still needed to do more in order to foster corporation among sections, asserting, “it is only through working together that we can overcome challenges before us.”
“We are trying to break new grounds and when we are doing this, there must be unity and collective resolve. When doing this, there will be no Erunmu or Apomu; we must be together,” he prodded.
The Balogun of Erunmu, Chief Ekundayo Opaleye, on the occasion, gave a report of the section in the period under review, which included the installation of new traditional ruler for Erunmu town.
Earlier, Obasanjo who led Owu chiefs on the visits, had visited Olusomi and Amororo sections.
The Chairman of the 2021 celebration Planning Committee, Chief Olasande Rotimi-Martins, on his part, hinted that this year’s edition of the celebration had as theme, “Prosperity”.
The visit is expected to continue through the weekend, while conferment of chieftaincy titles on deserving Nigerians holds Thursday.