2023 election: Ooni warns against violence

Ahead of general election, The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has has cautioned electorate against violence in the Saturday’s and March 11 elections.

He also urged politicians against heating the polity with inciting comments that could lead to violence.

Ogunwusi said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), must work to give Nigerians free, fair and credible polls.

Addressing a news conference in his Palace, on Thursday in Ile-Ife, Ogunwusi said “No one can force his or herself on Nigerians and this is why our politicians should avoid being desperate in their quest for power.

“If you don’t win today, it may be your turn tomorrow and this is why I am imploring office seekers not to destroy tomorrow with inactions of today.

“I call on Nigerians especially the youth population, which is the largest to partake in the polls as enshrined in constitution, not to violate any of the processes”, the traditional ruler said.

According to him, the country has already been through a lot including the recent fuel scarcity among others and could not afford more trouble.

Ogunwusi also charged security agents to maintain their status as defenders of our constitution by creating enabling environment and not bully the electorate.

“To, we, traditional rulers, I implore us to remain apolitical and neutral as fathers that we are to all politicians and electorate.

“We must not be seen promoting political parties or politicians and should not have preferred candidates in the forthcoming elections” he advised.

The Ooni condemned the reported political violent attacks in some parts of the country particularly Ile-Ife, stressing that Nigerians must be patriotic in their conducts always.

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