- The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has warned Nigerian politicians against shedding blood for electoral victory
- He said the country has lost many promising persons to electoral violence
- Oba Ogunwusi, however, advised politicians to be law abiding ahead of the 2019 general elections
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has advised politicians in the country against violence and blood shedding as preparations for the 2019 general elections begin to gather momentum.
The Punch reports that the in a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Wednesday, August 22, the monarch gave this advice at his palace on Tuesday, August 21.
NAIJ.com gathered that Oba Ogunwusi who is co-chairman of National Council Of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, spoke while receiving hundreds Muslims led by the chief Imam of Ifeland, Alhaji Abdul Samiu Hammed, who had on their way from the praying ground visited the palace to pray for the monarch.
The monarch, who later joined Muslims to pray at the praying ground to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir, also advised politicians in Osun state against violence as political parties are preparing for the September 22 governorship election in the state.
He said the nation had lost so many promising persons to electoral violence while admonishing politicians to be law abiding and shun violence in order to show to the people outside that Nigeria was ripe for democracy.
He said: “The spirit of brotherhood being displayed by the faithful on a day like this is very laudable. At the Eid praying ground today, I saw politicians of opposing parties sitting side by side with one another, relating together as brothers of the same womb in celebrating the Eid-el-Kabir which we Yoruba people call the ‘Ileya’ festival.
“I urge our politicians to apply this brotherliness when they get to the field of politics because that will help us in witnessing violence-free elections always.
“I want to also advise Nigerian politicians and party supporters to refrain from promoting violence during the forthcoming elections because there is no gain in violence. Nobody’s blood should be shed on account of elections.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the debate on Osun state gubernatorial election holding on Saturday, September 22, had continued to dominate the media space in the last few weeks.
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