The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission and electoral stakeholders to ensure a free, fair and credible election.
The Co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria stated that free and fair election will only ensure peace in the country
Ogunwusi while speaking at the Aje festival at his palace in Ile-Ife stated that only a free, fair and credible election would guarantee wealth and prosperity.
He revealed that the first trade and commerce in the world started at the popular Igbo-mekun, Ojaife, market in Ile Ife.
He further revealed the role played by the Igbo people of the present day eastern part of the country in the development of market activities claiming that it can not be overemphasized.
Ogunwusi frowned at the view that Igbo people migrated from Isreal, stating Jews departed the Igbo land for their current location in Ethiopia, Israel and around the world.
“On the forthcoming general elections, I admonish that only a peaceful election can guarantee wealth and prosperity. I urge the electoral umpire and other stakeholders to ensure free, fair and credible polls for the stability of the country.
“We must go back to our history, this celebration belongs to all, including our brothers and sisters from the eastern part of this country. Igbo people are naturally part of this celebration because Nigeria’s economy won’t be complete without emphatically mentioning them.
“In the ancient days, the Igbos were part of the natives in Ile Ife from Omirin quarters, we were one big happy family before they left for the eastward to where they are today from where a section of them left in a clockwise migration to become Jews, that’s why there are enormous similarities between the Jewish and Igbo tribes till date”.
Source: Naija News