Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has cautioned traditional institutions to ensure that their Oro festival does not affect the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, following news that some traditional rulers had scheduled Oro rites in their communities for Saturday (today).
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Reacting, the governor urged the traditionalists to respect the rights of citizens who were not of their faith.
The statement read in part,
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagosians of peaceful elections tomorrow (today). There is no need for fear.
Following the recent announcement of some customary rites by traditional rulers, the government wishes to assure all residents of the security of lives and property in the state.
Residents are advised to go about their civic duties as the state government has called on all security personnel to guarantee the peace and safety of lives and property before, during, and after elections.
Whilst the state government reiterates the freedom of religion, it also cautions traditional institutions holding these customary rites to ensure the activities do not infringe on the fundamental rights of citizens, who are not of this faith, especially during the elections.
Anybody planning to foment trouble will have the law to contend with. Our state is peaceful and it will remain so.