Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Monday, reiterated the commitment of his administration to serve the people of the state diligently and truthfully.

Akeredolu made this known during the 2017 Democracy Day celebrations with theme ‘Democracy and development in Nigeria: issues, challenges and the way forward’, which took place in Akure.

He assured of their determination to act anew and truthfully in service to the people.

Gov Akeredolu further thanked the people for the overwhelming support extended to his administration from inception till date.

“The continued cooperation and solidarity evident in the warmth that you liberally extended to us in this state from inauguration till date is reassuring,” he said.

The Governor also declared June 12 a work-free day in the state to honour the sacrifices of Chief M.K.O Abiola.

Earlier, Dr Amos Akingba, the Chairman of the occasion, urged Nigerians to always tell their leaders the truth.

“We owe our governance sincerity of views. The truth is very bitter but it remains the truth and if you see it, tell your leaders at all level because it’s only the truth that can liberate us.

“If the government does something good, then all of us regardless of religion, geographical location or political party, it will be for benefit of all.

“But any government in power at any time, let’s open our eyes, advise them and push them to do the right thing,” he said.

Akingba also urged the people not to condemn any outgoing party because everyone was a citizen of Nigeria.

“When one party succeeds another in a different political party, Nigerians condemn the outgoing government and party, and then when the present one also gets done, we condemn them too, please let’s not do that,” he said.

Also speaking, the Guest Lecturer, Dr Tunji Abayomi, observed that there was only one way to develop Nigeria and make it great.

“A constitutional democracy must be founded on a freely negotiated constitution among the peoples of Nigeria.

“There is nothing wrong in building a united nation of Nigeria. But a united nation of Nigeria can only be negotiated and agreed upon, it cannot be forced.

“Once we agree on the terms and conditions of our unity and encode same in the agreed Constitution.

“We can begin properly the business of material and human development tapping on the wealth encapsulated in the many diverse possibilities of the peoples of Nigeria,” he said.