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FOR THE SAKE OF THE LIVING & THE DEAD – ANOTHER PLEA FOR CAUTION ……By: Femi Adelegan

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This piece as captioned was first written as a private letter distributed electronically to a few prominent religious leaders and royal fathers in 2014 when it appeared that there were ominous signals at the approach of the Year 2015 general elections. It was later released to the media for publication in January 2015. The charge in this piece for peace and peaceful conduct is still as relevant today as it was in December 2014. It is being republished in the national interest with minor modifications. I believe my efforts in contributing to the peace process have been stimulated by experience and spiritual facets. I am a firm believer in God and whatever He says. In addition, having witnessed Nigeria’s political crises of 1963-1966 that I usually describe as a ‘’mini-war’’ I have a proclivity for issues that could avert danger. My late father, S.T. Adelegan acted as hon. Speaker for the better part of the post-emergency Western Region House of Assembly. Each time he travelled to Ibadan from Ipetu-Ijesha, mum and siblings, out of fear of attack by deadly thugs relocated to the houses of any of his senior brothers at Oke-Okuta, or her father’s residence disguised.  I saw political thugs in action! Sometimes, our dad had to change his cars to avert running into thugs and violent crowds, in spite of the fact that he is on record as steering the proceedings of the House in an impartial manner by the party in government led by Chief S.L. Akintola and the Opposition led by Alhaji Dauda Soroye Adegbenro; and he was loved by many for his truthful and honest disposition. The fear infused in me by those developments as a teenager till today makes me run away from seeking elective offices; even when an opportunity came on a platter of gold. That is a mere preamble. The substantive issue must start with some quotes: PLAUSIBLE REASONINGS — SPEAKING THE TRUTH — Usmanu Dan Fodiyo (1754-1816) spiritual leader of the 19th century Fulani Jihad is on record as author of a notable quote:  described as ‘’a classical, time-tested aphorism: ‘’Conscience is an open wound: only truth can heal it” . Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s first and last Prime Minister in his 1963 speech at the inauguration of the Organization of African Unity asserted that:  ‘’I think it was the President of Malagasy who said that we in Africa do not…

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