Don’t divide the state with religion, Oyo residents warn Sanni


Some residents of Oyo State on Monday condemned activities of the chairman, Oyo State Muslim Community, Alhaji Kunle Sanni for allegedly endorsing a particular governorship candidate, saying such statement was not a welcome development for the coexistence of indigenes of the state.


They said Sanni’s condemnation become necessary being part of their contributions to safeguard the unity, peace and development of the state.


Some of the residents, who spoke with our correspondent expressed disappointment that such could come from the chairman of an umbrella body for Muslim Umar in the state.


Adekunle Omojola, a resident of Bodija noted that though Sanni has right to endorse any candidate of his choice, but not at the detriment of peace and tranquility currently enjoy in the state.


Another resident, Kayode Ajala maintained that Sanni shouldn’t have come out openly to endorse a candidate, adding that whatever support he is giving to any candidate would have been done behind the scene.


Ajala said, “Our people, particularly politicians should separate religion from politics, it is dangerous to mix the two together if we want the progress of this state.


“Seyi Makinde may not be a saints, but when we compare him with other leading governorship candidates in the state, we think he is a little bit better than other contestants.


A resident of Apete, Toyin Opatola urged people of the state to vote according to their conscience, noting that religion should not be used as a yardsticks in electing the governor of the state come Saturday.


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