A socio-cultural group, the Igbomina Development Forum, on Saturday rallied support for President Goodluck Jonathan in his bid to tackle the nation’s challenges.
The group, at a forum organised at Agbamu, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara, also called for participatory politics and internal democracy in parties to strengthen the nation’s democratic institutions.
The forum, which was organised by Mrs Shola Adedoyin-Adeoti, a business magnate and community leader, appraised the current socio-political developments in Kwara and urged the Igbomina “to work for their political emancipation”.
Adedoyin-Adeoti urged the Igbomina ethnic stock to work for the development of the area, saying driving investment through private sector investment would change the economic fortunes of the people of the area.
She also commended the Igbomina for their industry and unity of purpose, arguing that only a concerted effort of the country’s ethnic nationalities would promote sustainable development.
“We are all Nigerians irrespective of our political affiliations. We should seek the development of the country by ensuring unity of purpose”, she said.
A PDP stalwart, Mr Kunle Sulyman, urged the Igbomina to sustain their passion for community development through self-help.
“I have always known the Igbomina for their hard work, industry and diligence. They are also a very principled people, who are not swayed by pecuniary benefits”, he said.
A don, Prof. Samuel Ibiyemi, urged development associations within the ethnic group to evolve programmes which would promote sustainable development.
He called on wealthy indigenes of the area to invest in their individual communities, saying this was the only way to tackle unemployment and ensure sustainable development.
Earlier, a PDP stalwart, Mr Lanre Ogundeji, had called for unity among the Igbomina while working for the common interest of the ethnic group. (NAN)