Olubadan urges electorate to shun ethno-religious politics, insists on nation unity and growth

Ibadanland’s Olubadan, Oba Lekan Balogun, on Sunday urged Nigerians not to focus on ethno-religious politics and instead focus on the platforms of the various political parties seeking to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, which would lead to unity, growth and development of the country. .

Oba Balogun made the accusation at his residence in Alarere during the visit of the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Prince Adewole Adebayo, in the company of other senior echelons of the party before the commissioning of the area. southwest of the party. Secretariat on Monday at Eleyele in Ibadan.

Oba Balogun, who spoke through the Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland, Grand Chief Hamidu Ajibade noted that the situation in the country currently calls for concerted efforts by all to live it out of the woods, pointing out that the Leadership choices of Nigerians in the 2023 general election would go a long way in determining what happens to the country in the near future.

In a statement made available to reporters in Ibadan by his personal assistant (Media), Olubadan reportedly said that “our problem today should not be where we come from or what mode of worship do we adopt , but, how the problems of insecurity, unemployment, the faltering economy, comatose education among others would be tackled head-on.

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“What your party needs are prayers because in your speech you touched and identified the concerns of the generality of the people and from what you said it is not difficult to know that you have very good and sincere intentions for the liberation of our people. It is our prayer that Almighty God grant you the desires of your heart which we hope will benefit Nigerians and replace the current desperate hope with smiles and enthusiasm,” Olubadan said.

Earlier, Prince Adebayo told the rally that his party would have through the late MKO Abiola demonstrated what good governance should be but lamented that the military abandoned the good intention by penalizing the presidential election of June 12, 1993, which to this day remains the freest and fairest in the country’s electoral history.

He revealed that his coming out “is to bring back the glory of the country through five areas of security, economy, job creation, unity of the country and rekindling hope and people’s confidence in the government by granting them the rights and privileges of the people.. We have not yet truly evolved as a nation, even 23 years after the uninterrupted democratic process, our party is here to correct all those who are wrong. oppose it.

“Those who know us would appreciate our party loving peace and not giving in to the do-or-die tendency of certain people, which we have identified as the function of exclusive government that the country has had over the years. instead of the inclusive government that our party would favor if it had the mandate to govern the country.

“When people know and feel that a government in place provides for the interests of all regardless of your tribe, language or religion, they will have no difficulty in trusting such a government and to give him his rights, because, in turn, the government would give them their rights,” the SDP presidential candidate added.

In his remarks, the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Barr. Mike Lana, who spoke on behalf of his Ogun State counterpart, Engr. Tony Ojesina and Oyo North senatorial candidate, Hon. Mulikat Adeola Akande said what the SDP would do in government if given the chance in the next general election would not only bring back the glorious days of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo but would do more for the people of Nigeria.

Lana, who served as justice commissioner and state attorney general a few years ago, hailed Oba Balogun’s initiative on the land disputes committee he set up under the chairmanship of the Mogajis’ president. in Ibadanland, Chief Asimiyu Adesola Adepoju (Mogaji Ariori) pledging to give the committee legal support if he is elected governor of the state.

The former commissioner said that the issue of land grabbing has taken on a very alarming dimension, which is why the Olubadan initiative should be widely recognized, adding, “if I am given the opportunity to govern the State, I will be giving legal support to the committee to ensure that people’s fear regarding land acquisition in Ibadanland in particular and Oyo State in general is allayed. Through this, the state would become more investor-friendly.

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