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Tinubu holds closed-door meeting with traditional rulers

President Bola Tinubu played host to traditional rulers and their representatives from across the country at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja on Friday.

 

At the closed-door meeting, Tinubu is expected to discuss themes around national healing and unity as he emphasised in his inaugural speech.

The meeting, which is said to be part of President Tinubu’s consultations with various stakeholders across the country since he assumed office on May 29, is expected to be discussing sundry issues, including how to achieve national healing and the unity of the country.

 

In his opening remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar III, who led his counterparts to the meeting, said the visit is a normal tradition by the monarchs whenever there’s a change in leadership of the country.

He said the monarchs are people of different professions, from the military to judiciary and businessmen, who have what it takes to contribute to the betterment of the society, saying, “whenever you reach out to us, we will be here.”

The Sultan, who said the monarchs do not envy President Tinubu at this time with the numerous challenges facing the country, however, expressed confidence that with the combination of himself and Vice President Kashim Shettima, they will deliver.

He said: “We thank God for the smooth way the elections took place. Many negative people thought this country would collapse, but we are still here.

“We are here for you, for our people and our country. If you don’t reach out to us, we will reach out to you.

“We wish you the most successful tenure in good health.”

The Ooni of Ife urged President Tinubu to employ the services of traditional rulers to tackle the menace of insecurity.

Ooni, who is also the co-chair of traditional rulers of Nigeria, said, “There are areas we would like to work with you, one of which is security. It is time to use us more, we are not saying we are idle…but to make your work easier, use us.

“The foundation of this country today are the traditional rulers. We are here to pledge our loyalty and support. We want to work with you to ensure you leave a legacy.

“Don’t underestimate what traditional rulers can do”, he said.

Present are Vice President Kashim Shettima; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume; the State House Permanent Secretary, Tijjani Umar; Emir of Kano, Obi of Onitsha, Tor Tiv, Etsu Nupe, Deji of Akure, Shehu of Borno, Elegushi of Ikate, Jaja of Opobo, Lamido of Adamawa, Emir of Zazzau, Gbong Gwom Jos, Attah Igala, Alake of Egbaland, Shehu of Borno and a representative of the Oba of Benin.

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