Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has declared that he would break toes if it would aid his determination in serving the ordinary people of the state.
Governor Makinde, who made the declaration while speaking at the thanksgiving service to mark his 52nd birthday, said he would continue to fight on the side of the ordinary people.
A statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, noted that the governor, who clocked 52 years of age on Christmas Day, made the declaration at the St Peter’s Cathedral, Aremo, Ibadan.
According to Governor Makinde, his determination to render service to the ordinary people informed his decision to declare free and qualitative education in the state, adding that education remains the surest way to lift people out of poverty.
The Governor said: “If I can be who I am today, then no child should be left behind in Oyo State. And that explains my passion for education. Once we give education to our children, the sky is their starting point.”
He stated that he never thought he would live up to 30 and therefore has remained grateful to God every year he has lived beyond 30 years on earth.
“I thought I would join the Army, fight for my country and possibly get killed and that may be the end of the story. So for me, every year I have lived above 30 years is like a bonus,” he said.
“That is why without looking back, I will continue to serve the people of Oyo State, without minding whose toe I will step on. Truth is, I will break some toes if I really have to and will continue to fight for the ordinary people of this state.”
In his sermon, the Archbishop of Ibadan Province, Most Rev Segun Okubadejo, who spoke on the topic, “a gift for Christmas,” encouraged Christians to gift Christ the best of their thoughts, actions, and deeds.