Lagos Monarch Laments State Of Nation; Marks 35th Coronation Anniversary


Unless governments at all levels begin to lay premium to the sanctity of human life, Nigeria will remain a laughing stock amid the comity of civilised nations.

This observation was made yesterday by Oniba Ekun of Ibaland, Lagos State, South West Nigeria, Oba Yushau Goriola Oseni, while intimating newsmen on his 35th coronation anniversary.

Lamenting the sorry state of the nation, the traditional ruler decried the recent bombings in Abuja, during Nigeria’s 50th Independence anniversary on 1 October, saying that crimes like kidnapping, pipeline vandalisation, armed robbery, child trafficking, high profile assassinations, bribery and corruption, among others, are now commonplace in the country.

While condemning in strong terms, the state of insecurity in the country, the Iba monarch advised the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, address the shameful acts of bombing, kidnapping and vandalisation of oil pipelines being perpetrated by some disgruntled elements in the society.

Oba Oseni also advised politicians not to engage in acts of thuggery, harassment and hooliganism as the general election is just around the corner.

“I will implore politicians to borrow a leaf from the policy of the late elder statesmen like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Mallam Aminu Kano, who displayed ideology of politics without bitterness throughout their life time,” he stated.

The event, during which there will be spiritual cleansing and appeasement of the gods, among other activities, is slated for Sunday, 28 November, 2010 at the monarch’s palace.

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