The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has expressed displeasure over the state of recent events in Ekiti state ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.
Oba Ogunwusi, in a statement issued by the Directorate of Media and Public Affairs of Ooni’s Palace, expressed worry that the spate of violence may spread across to other Yoruba states if not curbed.
The Ooni was quoted to have made the remarks when Paul Arkwright, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Ile Ife.
He 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.”
The Ooni also warned the Ekiti youth not to mortgage their future by being used as tools for destruction by politicians.
“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”, he warned.