The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has called on Afenifere and members of the Hausa community not to politicise the Ile-Ife Crisis.

The revered monarch also warned against reprisal attacks, saying it will not benefit the country.

Oba Ogunwusi said this while playing host to a delegation of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere.

He said “We only know the beginning of a war, nobody knows the end.

“I plead with Afenifere and other groups to let peace reign so that the crisis will not degenerate.”

“The unity of this nation is very important and we must all defend it.

“We must all ensure peaceful co-existence. Painfully, the misfortune has happened but we just have to allow peace to reign. We cannot settle violence with violence.

“We all should persevere and realise that people of different tribes live in other parts of the country. It is patience that we need to get this case resolved.

“I have communicated with necessary authorities in the police force over the matter. There is a unique co-existence among people of different tribes and religions here and we must maintain that model.

 “Youths should not allow this issue be turned to a political one. They should be careful and not allow this issue to be politicised.