The Oba of Lagos, Riliwanu Akiolu, on Friday urged the electorate in Lagos State not to take laws into their hands during and after the February general elections in the state.
Akiolu spoke when the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, paid him a courtesy visit in his palace.
Buhari was in the state for the party’s presidential campaign ahead of the elections.
The monarch appealed to voters to cooperate with security agents without fear and to avoid violence.
He said that Buhari had also said that he did not want violence before, during and after the elections.
“God knows what is the best for Nigeria and God will give us that very best.
“I know the ability of Gen. Buhari, he is one of the best in terms of honesty and discipline.
“I want to sound a note of warning and affirm it here, politicians do not quarrel, they only disagree to agree.
“I implore all of you to cooperate fully with the army, police and other security agencies to ensure the success of the elections.
“Let all the civilians cooperate with the security, vote according to your conscience and nobody should take the laws into his hands.
“I want all of you to be peaceful, orderly and law abiding,’’ Akiolu said.
According to the monarch, no one should allow himself to be used to cause trouble during the polls.
Akiolu advised security officers to desist from partisan politics but to carry out their duties without intimidating the electorate.
“Voters should not be fearful of any security agent but perform their civic duty orderly and without violence,’’ he said.
Earlier, Buhari had assured the monarch that, if elected, his administration would end insecurity and unemployment, tackle corruption and also fix the economy.
“We will get back employment, our education sector and our priority will be security,’’ he said.
Buhari promised to improve the agricultural, power, health and transport sectors, among others, if elected.
In his vote of thanks, Sen. Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the party, appreciated the monarch for the opportunity provided to pay him a visit and get his royal blessing.