Oro (Kwara), April 22, 2019 A cleric, Joseph Awoyale, has urged elected office holders in the country to always fulfill the promises made to the electorate during their electoral campaigns.
Awoyale, who is the Parish Priest of St Andrew’s Catholic Parish, Oro, Kwara, made the plea in a sermon he delivered during a thanksgiving service in Oro.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the programme was the second leg of a thanksgiving service to celebrate the victory of the community at the Supreme Court in the dispute over the name, ‘Oro’
The first leg was held on Friday immediately after the Muslim congregational prayer at Oro Central Mosque.
The apex court had in its Jan. 18 judgment granted the prayer of the community and affirmed ‘Oro’ as the authentic name of the community.
Awoyale said it was only when elected officials fulfill their promises that they could command the respect and confidence of the people at all times.
He said there was much expectation in the areas of improved healthcare, education, housing, transportation as well human capital development.
“When promises made in line with the aforementioned demands are fulfilled by the leaders, every other thing becomes a child’s play and simple,” he said.
The priest also urged the congregation to imbibe the act of truthfulness in their daily dealings.
“Truth is eternal, it can never be buried so also do lies have expiry date.
“No matter the circumstances, truth will always prevail,” he said.
Chief Bode Alayoku, the National President, Oro Descendants Union (ODU), urged the people of the area to imbibe unity and tolerance in moving the community forward.
“It is only in such atmosphere that the socio-economic development envisioned for the community can be achieved,” he said.
Chief Simon Olayioye, the Asanlu of Oro, praised the community leaders for their dedication and perseverance that ensured the victory at the court.
“Kudos must be given to our own son, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who is the Minister of Information and Culture, for his generosity toward this noble cause.
“We will forever remain proud and grateful for his magnanimity,” he said.