By Moji Abbey
The need for Nigerians to sustain peace and tranquility in the nation irrespective of religion, tribe, and Political affiliation to achieve a smooth transition process has been stressed.
Osun State Director, National Orientation Agency, Mrs Kikelomo Ahmed stated this during an advocacy visit on peacebuilding to foster stabilization to some stakeholders, ahead of the May 29th transition of power from President Muhammadu Buhari to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Doctor Garba Abari who was represented by the National Director of the Agency, Osun State, Mrs Kikelomo Ahmed, described this period as a crucial one for the nation hence the need to sustain the existing peace to attain improved growth and development.
She stressed that the role of traditional and religious leaders in maintaining Peace in Society could not be overemphasized.
Osun NOA Boss explained that the Constitution gives room for any aggrieved individual or group of persons to seek redress in court as regards the outcome of the 2023 General Polls rather than embarking on act that could jeopardize the nation’s Democracy.
Mrs. Ahmed who called on Stakeholders to caution their followers on the need for the Nation to remain a single unified entity emphasized that ethnic groups across the country were interconnected.
In his response, The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja the second represented by the Obalufe of Ile- ife, Oba Idowu Adediwura said Traditional rulers who were custodians of the Custom of the Land would not relent at ensuring the sustainability of peace in Ife and Nigeria as a whole.
Oba Adediwura who noted that Government should prioritize more on the welfare of Traditional Rulers commended the National Orientation Agency, NOA in its efforts at promoting peaceful co-existence among the Citizens.
Also in his contribution, The Grand Imam of Osun State, Sheik Musa Animashahun represented by Grand Muphashiru of Osun State, Imam Abdulateef Abajaoro expressed their readiness to support those in position of Authority with prayers.
Meanwhile, in his response to the Agency’s visit, the Chairman, the Osun State Christian Association of Nigeria, OS-CAN, Reverend John Adeleke encouraged Nigerians to maintain peace and shun all forms of violence.
While urging Nigerians to support Public Office Holders, Reverend Adeleke appealed to them to serve the people genuinely rather than gathering wealth for unproductive purposes.