Monarch Cautions Politicians Against Violence

February 17, 2014

Ahead of the 2014 gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun State as well as the 2015 general elections, a prominent traditional ruler in Ekiti State, the Onigogo of Igogo Ekiti, Oba Sunday Adewumi has cautioned politicians against violence that may scuttle the nation’s fledgling democracy.

Oba Adewumi who gave this advice while chatting with journalists in Ado Ekiti, stressed the need to eschew any act that may hinder or truncate the political process.

The monarch noted that in the western world, particularly the United States of America (USA) that the country is using as a model for its democratic structure, politicians concentrate on convincing the electorate of their plans if elected as against the despicable act of attacking the personality of opponents which sometimes degenerate to physical attacks.

Oba Adewumi said he was in USA for a long while and had a thriving law business before he returned home to take over the responsibility of being a traditional ruler, adding that he has confidence that the system can work in the country if all stakeholders play the game by the rules.

He commended the state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi for the efforts of his administration to rapidly develop the state noting that his attempt to touch all communities in the state was commendable.

Advising parents on the risk involved in allowing their children to be used as political thugs by unscrupulous politicians, the Onigogo stressed the need to curb all unwholesome acts especially as political activities are increasing.

The monarch warned that acts of thuggery not only constitute a menace to the future of the children, it may also result in loss of lives and property.

He charged the youths to engage in productive ventures such as agriculture as well as any small or medium scale businesses as against making themselves tools in the hands of incorrigible politicians or riding commercial motorcycles popularly known as ”Okada”.

Speaking on the roles of traditional rulers in the political realm of the country, the Onigogo said that the monarchs are already demanding for more constitutional roles, adding that they intend to make a representation at the proposed national conference.

He said the constitution of palace courts will only legalise and empower the Obas to do what they were already doing.
Oba Adewumi noted that the traditional rulers who are always on ground in each community are in the best position to ensure grass root development

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