Gov Makinde Criticised FG Focus on Anthem, Calls for Economic Action

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has criticised the Federal Government’s decision to reintroduce the old national anthem amidst ongoing economic hardship.

During a press conference in Ibadan on Wednesday, Makinde described the move as a misguided priority and argued that attention should be directed towards addressing pressing issues such as hunger, poverty, and economic development.

Makinde noted that the country’s focus should be on mobilising resources towards economic growth rather than wasting time and resources on a national anthem change.

He emphasised that economic development cannot be achieved without concentrating on production and broadening the nation’s productive base.

Makinde’s comments came at a time when Nigeria faces growing economic challenges, with many citizens struggling to make ends meet.

He highlighted the need for a shift in priorities towards tangible solutions that address the country’s economic woes.

In essence, Makinde is calling for a more pragmatic approach to governance, one that prioritises substance over symbolism and puts the needs of the people first.

“Our country is in a state of crisis, and we must act now,” the governor said.

“Our people are hungry, our infrastructure is crumbling, and our economy is in shambles.

“We should be focused on finding solutions to these problems, not wasting time and money on superficial changes like a new anthem.”

He further elaborated on the importance of prioritising economic development both in Oyo State and across the nation.

“As a country, we have to prioritise production; we have to be productive. There cannot be production without mobilisation.

“Our strongest resource is our people. The training and education of our people is the best empowerment we can give them.”

Governor Makinde emphasised the need to continue educating the populace and leveraging their talents to support development efforts.

“We have to keep on educating our people. Let them use their God-given talents to support what we are doing in Oyo State.”

Sounding the alarm, Makinde urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to tackle Nigeria’s pressing issues, emphasising that further delay is a luxury the nation can no longer afford.

“Our people deserve better,” he said.

“They deserve a government that is focused on their needs, not on distractions and empty gestures.

“Let us put our resources and our energy where they are most needed, and let us work together to build a better, brighter future for all Nigerians.”

About Olakunle Oyedunmola

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