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Regional News of Tuesday, 16 November 2021


International Day of Tolerance: Let us discard things that divide us - Osun government

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola

In commemoration of the Year 2021 International Day of Tolerance , Osun State Government has stressed the need for citizens and residents of the state to make tolerance a way of life.

Describing tolerance as an age-old virtue, Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, in a statement made available to journalists noted that irrespective of tribe, race, religious and political differences, the indispensability of tolerance as one of the key indices of peace and development in any society as exemplified by the person and administration of Adegboyega Oyetola cannot be overemphasized.

The Osun information commissioner noted that in the last three years of the present administration, tolerance of one another  in views, cultures, traditions, beliefs,social and political ideologies among the people of the state has been the order of the day.

The theme of the Year 2021 International Day of %olerance  is premised on accepting and appreciating the rich diversity of cultures, forms of life and ways of life of people all over the universe.

Egbemode who described the theme as apt and congruent with the policy thrust of Oyetola-led government in Osun enjoined  all and sundry in the State of Osun to make tolerance a watchword.

 To further entrench this ideal which she said Oyetola as the state helmsman is known for, the Commissioner urged the people of the state to continue to reciprocate it by being  partners in progress especially in de-emphasizing the things that divide us and focusing or the ideals that unite us.

The statement reads in part: "Tolerance and peace work hand in hand and no society can make progress without them. As we mark the International Day of Tolerance, we charge the residents and citizens to continue to maintain the peace we are known for. This is a state where virtues and good character are held sacred. We are also blessed with a tolerant leader who is listens to all sides and does his best to do what is right. Let us all emulate Governor Adegboyega Oyetola's attitude to life, leadership and governance. 

"The state has grown through the years to become a multi-cultural state. We are now home to people from all states of the federation,  different cultures and beliefs. But once we recognize and respect our differences and celebrate our diversity as strength,  we will all live in peace and our society will be better for it."

It will be recalled that every 16th day of November is annually set aside globally to celebrate the essence of instilling tolerance in people to achieve lasting peace and harmony between individuals, families, states,nations and the larger world in general.

Created by the United Nations, the day is designed to create awareness on the dangers of intolerance as opposed to tolerance.