Residents of Ogun in southwest, Nigeria have been advised to eschew violence and allow peace reign in the state.
The call was from the Oloru of Imoru, Orugbogbo II, Oba (Engr.) Munirudeen Adepoosi Bashorun and the Chairman, Ijebu Ode local government council, Hon. Razaq Oluwakemi Daddah in their Eid el-Kabir congratulatory messages to the good people of the state on Saturday.
In his message, the monarch charged the people to be vigilant of the happenings in their environment, adding that government is meant for both the leaders and the followers.
Oloru advised them to be upright and steadfast in their dealings, calling on them to take a cue from the lives of both Prophet Ibrahim and his son, Prophet Ismael, who are the reason for the Eid el Kabir festival.
According to the monarch, “we should all learn from the lesson of this festival and not only the merriment there. At this period in the country, we need to allow peace to reign and eschew violence in all ramifications.
“The act of governance is our collective responsibilities, the leaders have their roles to play while we the leaders also have our own role to play. Everyone of us must play his or her role accordingly and ensure that peace is our watchword. We cannot afford not to live together, we have been created together and we would remain together.
“What matters at this time is to support the government in all ways, commend them in area they have done well and criticise them where they go wrongly. I use this opportunity to congratulate all our Islamic clerics, Awujale and all Ogun people for the ileya festival”, the monarch said.
In his own message, the Council Chairman, Razaq Daddah thanked the people for their support both at the local and state government level, promising that more dividends of democracy will be witnessed in the state.
Daddah enjoined the good people of Ijebu Ode and the Ogun people at large, not to relent in their prayers, adding that, their prayers are very important at this time.
“As we are celebrating this festival, let’s not forget the teachings and lessons from the festival and we should continue to be subservient and submissive to the established authority. It is by your support and prayer that the government can achieve a lot and it is in the atmosphere of peace that we witness development.
“Nothing can be achieved in the environment of rancour, disunity, lawlessness, chaos and all sorts of vices. The government is trying its best with the resources at its disposal, the people as well, should continue to do their own bit to complement the efforts of both the state and local governments,” Daddah posited.
The LG boss however used the medium to charge all those that will be coming into the town for the Ojude Oba festival to maintain peace and order and desist from any act of violence.
This year’s carnival-like annual Ojude Oba festival will hold on Monday 6 October.