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An Islamic scholar, Sheikh Muhydeen Ajani Bello, has cautioned political gladiators to shun violence but always embrace peace and love in their dealings. He affirmed that God honoured whom He pleases with wealth and positions of authority irrespective of who they are.

He spoke at the Gbolarumi Annual Special Ramadan Lecture in Ibadan, Oyo State, organised by a former deputy governor and Balogun Adinni of Ibadanland, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi.

Bello said: “God gives power to whoever pleases Him irrespective of religion, political affiliation or background. I’m using this medium to call on all politicians to stop fighting one another over political power because all powers belong to God and He gives whom He pleases.”

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Earlier, Gbolarumi said the lecture was to mark 15th year remembrance of Alhaji Lamidi Ariyibi Adedibu and ninth year remembrance of Alhaji Abdulazeez Arisekola-Alao: “Sheikh Muhydeen Bello is known for being blunt.

“He always speaks the truth irrespective of whoever is involved. For this reason, some politicians don’t like him. But I insisted that he would be the guest lecturer.

“With the support of my political fathers, Alhaji Adedibu and Aare Arisekola, I was able to organised the first individual Ramadan lecture in Ibadan.” Arole Iba Oluyole, Alhaji Nureni Akanbi, chaired the event.