Youths in the diaspora under the aegis of the socio-political support group of the Oyo State government, Omituntun Initiative in the Diaspora (OID) has commended the conflict resolution approach of Governor Seyi Makinde in dousing frayed nerves during the tension that trailed the EndSARS protests in the state.
The group described the Governor as a leader of historical policy, crisis, and conflict resolution management expert.
The youths also appealed to their counterparts in the state to embrace absolute peace while tapping into the opportunities of the Makinde-led administration before and after the protest, noting that their grievances through the peaceful protest have been heard.
Spokesperson of the group, Ayotomiwa Adebayo, in a statement called for absolute calm among youths, adding that, “The voice of Nigerian youths have been heard loud and clear even beyond Nigeria and that Governor Seyi Makinde has taken proactive actions in achieving a youth-oriented Government to transforming the lives of youths in the State with meaningful programmes, including, youth development initiatives and entrepreneurship skills.”
Mr. John Oyedeji leader of the group in Dublin, however, urged Governor Makinde not to be distracted by his critics that are hell-bent on distracting him from focusing on delivering dividends of democracy to the people of the State and building a better future for its youths and citizens at large.
Other leaders from Africa, Europe, Asia, the UK, the US, Canada, South America, Australia, and New Zealand commended the governor for protecting the youths during the protest.
OID youth ambassador in Germany, Mr. Tunde Olarinoye, said Governor Makinde’s quick intervention to ensure peaceful demonstration for the voice of Nigerian Youths to be heard has made a huge difference to restore peace, law, and order in the state saying “his rare leadership qualities, crisis management experience, and conflict resolution approach demonstrated during and after the #EndSARS protest in Oyo State was highly commendable.”
OID Canada youths representative, Mr. Tosin Adegoke, said “Makinde’s people-oriented government and all-inclusive programme embedded in his development plans will surely have a transformative effect on young people as future leaders.”
The UK OID Youths Ambassador, Mr. Abiola Olopade, used the opportunity to appreciate Governor Makinde on “his continued good governance for the betterment of the people of Oyo State” while applauding him on his historical policy announcement on pensioners.
“The approval for virtual screening will allow full freedom to our valued state pensioners. The opportunity to receive their pension benefits whilst out of the State shows respect for their contribution to the development of Oyo State and varied life choices that may take a pensioner to the Diaspora.
This development highlights the forward-thinking nature of the pacesetter Governor, who is incorporating technological advances to ensure pensioners do not miss out on their duly earned benefit,” he added.