Ado-Ekiti - Politicians in Ekiti State have been urged to shun activities capable of causing disaffection among the people ahead of next year's governorship election.
The Chief Missioner of Ansar -Ur- Deen in the State, Sheik Ameen Adebayo, made the call on Wednesday at an inter-denominational prayer session organised by the state government for a crisis-free new year. He urged politicians in the state to shun violence and watch their utterances as they prepare for the 2014 governorship election in the state.
The cleric said politicians needed to exercise caution in the New Year to avoid actions capable of subverting the peace and tranquility in the state. The cleric observed that the government had succeeded in restoring relative peace to the state, adding that a repeat of the state of emergency declared in the state in 2006 should be avoided.
"We should all try to learn from history and work towards avoiding such as state of emergency as it is tantamount to slowing down the pace of development of any state where it is declared,’’ he said. Adebayo warned politicians to avoid acts capable of pitching the people against the government. Rev. Kunle Salami of the Chapel of Glory, Rev. Keji Bolarinwa of the Baptist Church and Chief Imam, Ekiti State, Alhaji Jamiu Bello are among the clerics that administered at the service.
The New Year thanksgiving, an annual event in the state, was attended by community leaders, government functionaries, state commissioners and representatives of the Council of Traditional Rulers.