Friday, July 13, 2018

I’m not happy with happenings in Ekiti –Ooni

The Ooni of Ife , Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said he is not happy with what is happening in Ekiti State ahead of the governorship election holding in the state on Saturday .

A statement on Thursday by the Directorate of Media and Public Affairs of Ooni ’ s Palace quoted Oba Ogunwusi as saying this when the British High Commissioner to Nigeria , Mr Paul Arkwright , paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Ile Ife.

The monarch , who expressed worry , said other states would be negatively affected if the Ekiti State governorship election was marred by violence.

The Ooni said , “What I heard happening in Ekiti State during this electioneering period does not make me happy as their father . Enough of the crisis; we do not want any crisis in Yorubaland. Where there is violence, progress and tranquillity will be deprived, but where there is peace , there is progress.

“ I specifically warn all youths in Ekiti State to maintain peaceful coexistence before , during and after the election , as brighter future awaits them if they productively discover themselves .

“ Youths must refuse to be used for political violence that waste lives because they too can become governor or President of the country in the nearest future . ”

The Ooni , who is the Co -Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria , said political violence could reverse all the gains of development while calling on the people of the state to be peaceful before , during and after the election .

The African foremost monarch lauded the efforts of the British government for giving peace a chance in the country while admonishing him to foster further trade relationship that was capable of improving the socio- economic co- existence between Nigeria and United Kingdom .

Arkwright , who is also the United Kingdom Chief Observer to Nigeria on the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State, called for a free , fair , credible and peaceful election in Ekiti State .

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