Traditional rulers across the country have assured President Muhammadu Buhari that those beating the drums of war and disintegration will fail.
The president received the assurance yesterday when he hosted prominent traditional rulers across the country to breaking of Ramadan fast at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The delegation, led by His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, included the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe; the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Garbai El-Kanemi; Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar; Gbom Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba; Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Victor Kiladejo; Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle.
In their vote of thanks, which was delivered by the Sultan, the traditional rulers prayed for God’s guidance and good health for President Buhari, saying in order to have the desired peace, all Nigerians must continue to pray for their leaders and the nation.
“The traditional rulers council will continue to support the president in his drive to leave a legacy that future generation will be proud of”, the Sultan assured.
He also expressed optimism that with everyone’s commitment, Nigeria would soon surmount her current challenges.
In his remarks, President Buhari charged the nation’s traditional rulers to encourage their followers to cultivate the lands available, saying Nigeria must be able to feed herself in few years’ time.
“You should therefore encourage your followers to get ready and grow enough food to feed ourselves. Tell our people who have lands to cultivate them even if it is to feed their family only”.
The president informed the royal fathers that he assumed office at a difficult time in the history of Nigeria, with the security and economic challenges.
He, however, pointed out that his government was recording progress on security, while blaming the prevailing economic challenge on the neglect of the agricultural sector.