The Chief Imam of Eripa, Boluwaduro Local Government Area of Osun state, Alhaji AbdulRosheed Olaniyan has warned youths against violence and hooliganism in the September 22 governorship election in the state.
Alhaji Olaniyan gave the warning in Eripa on Tuesday while delivering sermon after observing two Rakat of Solat to mark this year Eid-el-Kabir celebration at the town’s prayer ground.
The Chief Imam who urged the youths not to allow themselves to be used as thugs to scatter polling units during election said they must say no to violence as election draws near.
Alhaji Olaniyan enjoined electorate to come out end masses and cast their vote for the candidate of their choice, saying they should shun vote buying or any activities capable of causing crisis or devoid them the opportunity to exercise their civic right.
He called on Nigerians irrespective of faith, to pray for God’s grace and intervention in the forthcoming state and general elections.
“As Osun governorship and general elections draw nearer the Youths must be seen as symbol of peace. They should go out to use their thumb to elect their favourite representatives instead of being lure into violence by politicians.
“Youths must not turn themselves to violence tool. Politicians don’t worth sacrificing life for. Pursue your dream and shun violence, “he said.
The cleric, however, advised politicians to accept whatever may be the outcome of the election, saying it’s Allah that chooses leaders.
“Politics should not be a do or die affair as thought by many politicians. We must learn to accept defeat and work together for the growth of the society, “the pastor said.
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