CITIZENS COMPASS– LAGOS State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has cautioned traditionalists in the state to respect the rights of Lagosians by not fixing traditional rites on election day.
Sanwo-Olu said this, on Friday, March 17, 2023, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso.
He was reacting to reports that some traditional rulers had scheduled Oro rites in their communities against Saturday, March 18, 2023, the day set aside for states and governorship elections.
Sanwo-Olu reminded the traditionalists of the rights of the citizens who are not of their faith.
“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured Lagosians of peaceful elections tomorrow. 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.”