Oba Adetona Backs Prayer for Peace in Nigeria

- Olaoluwaki­tan Babatunde

The 30-day-Global Prayer for Peace in Nigeria is gaining more popularity as the longest reigning king in Nigeria, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetaona, the Awujale of Ijebuland, has embraced the project.

The prayer which begins on September 1 is the brain child of Prince Ayo Manuel Ajisebutu, a US-based musician, peace activist and social entreprene­ur.

Declaring his support for the divine interventi­on being championed by Ajisebutu, Oba Adetona who believes in using unconditio­nal love as a tool for change, said: “We owe it to our people that were taken away as slaves to the America and other parts of the world to make Africa more peaceful and investment friendly in order for them to have a sense of belonging”.

He appealed to all Nigerians to denounce violence and embrace each other with love, adding, “God is love and we are all children of the same Creator.”

The monarch urged Nigerian leaders to carry the youth and other neglected members of the society along in the task of putting the nation back on track of developmen­t and prosperity.

“The leaders must listen to the cry of the youths and every members of the society that feel neglected. We must work together to lift the poor. We must make education a priority for our children.”

“The religious leaders, be it Christians, Muslims or traditiona­lists , all have vital roles to play in making Nigeria a harmonious society. They must come together as a body of God, love and protect their followers,” he said..

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