Before the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections on Saturday, Lagos State’s Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor, has issued a warning to traditional institutions.
After word that several traditional rulers had set Oro rites in their communities on Saturday, Gbenga Omotoso, the commissioner for information and strategy, issued a statement under his signature.
The governor responded and encouraged the traditionalists to respect the rights of non-traditional citizens.
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has guaranteed Lagosians of calm elections tomorrow,” stated the statement. There is no reason to be afraid.
“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.”