‘Unite to develop Nigeria’
The Nigerian Ambassador to Austria, His Excellency, Abel Adelakun Ayoko, has called on Nigerians resident in Austria to come together and work for the unity of Nigeria.
Ayoko, who was speaking at the launch of the Oodua People’s Union (OPU) in Austria, held at the Centenary Hall, Vienna, Austria, advised Nigerians to form a solid union and work for the interest of Nigeria, irrespective of their ethnic background.
He commended the organizers of the OPU for their foresight, urging the members and other Nigerians in Austria to be good ambassadors of Nigeria in their daily activities.
“I am happy that the OPU is a socio-cultural organization. The truth is that if you don’t have a culture, then you don’t have an identity. I call on all of you to be good ambassadors of our great country by engaging yourselves in activities that will promote the image of Nigeria and ensure that we are indeed a country to be reckoned with in the world.”
In his welcome address, the Chief Promoter of the OPU, Otunba Gani Adams, said the organization was established to create a platform for Yoruba sons and daughters to unite and work for the progress of Yoruba people across the world.
Adams, who received tumulus ovation from the crowd, said in view of the current challenges confronting Nigeria, the time has come for all Yoruba to join hands and work for the common interest of their race.
“The launch of the OPU in Austria today is a fulfillment of the determination of some positive-minded fellows among us to ensure that there is a generational platform for Yoruba sons and daughters, wherever they may be, to rekindle those spirits that made us stand out among others in the past.”
Earlier, OPU Coordinator in Europe, Akogun Banji Ojo, called on Nigerians in the Diaspora to unite and support the Nigerian government to overcome all the challenges confronting it.
Other dignitaries at the well-attended event include Mr. and Mrs. George Alaba, the parents of Nigerian-born Bayern Munich defender; Chief Chucks Ugbor; Mr. Valentine Ogunya, Patron, Oodua and OPU coordinators in France, Holland, Germany, Norway and Finland among others.
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