Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo State, has called for an end to Nigerian killings.
He also advised Nigerian leaders to be cautious in their remarks and decisions in the run-up to the 2023 presidential election.
Makinde said the nation must be peaceful for smooth general elections at a meeting of Yoruba leaders in Ibadan on Wednesday.
He noted that the key topic of discussion in the polity right now should not be 2023, but rather how to bring democracy dividends to Nigerians.
“Some are saying that the Presidency should be zoned to the South-West in 2023 and making some unfounded comments.”
Makinde condemned violence and insecurity across the nation, insisting “it is needless to spill the blood of innocent people”.
“Like our fathers will say ‘wisdom surpasses power’. If we fail to apply wisdom, I pray none of us will be collateral damage.”
Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, urged the Yoruba people to unite and speak with one heart.
He urged governors in the South-West to put a greater focus on infrastructure, defense, and the development of job opportunities for young people.