President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday played host to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and other traditional rulers from the Southwest, where he urged them to use their positions as the closest to the grassroots to secure the country and ensure that the forthcoming elections are peaceful.
According to the President, “those who fear that their persons or their policies cannot win elections might resort to incitements to violence.
“Our young people must not be left to those who will instigate violence and cause others to lose their property or lives. Even though we are determined to keep order and I hope Your Highnesses are on the same page with us.”
President Buhari reiterated the commitment of his administration to infrastructural development across the nation:
“In every state in Nigeria, we are doing at least one major road project. In the Southwest, we are completing the Lagos to Ibadan expressway. The reconstruction of this road, which is the busiest in Nigeria, had not been given the attention it deserved till now.
“We will complete the first phase of railway, Lagos to Ibadan by the end of this month. We are also working on several power projects in the Southwest, of importance is the imminent completion of power supply to Ondo South where many of the local governments have not had power for years.”
The President said the nation could only develop if resources were spent on the people and facilities that would promote commerce and create jobs.
He lauded the traditional rulers and especially the people of Southwest, for setting the example of religious tolerance and unity, saying, “It is to your credit as traditional rulers that such harmony between religions has been achieved.”
He also thanked the custodians of culture for the solidarity visit: “I am very much encouraged, and your support makes me even more determined to work with the best of my ability for this country and its people.”
Oba Ogunwusi, had while making his remarks commended President Buhari for placing the completion of the Lagos –Ibadan expressway on the front burner of the projects of the administration as well as the Lagos to Ibadan rail line.
He expressed appreciation to the President for the posthumous recognition given to M.K.O Abiola as President of Nigeria, urging him to continue the good works, and assured that history will be kind to him.
They also asked for more developmental projects in the region.
On the team of the Royal fathers include Adedotu Aremu Gbadebo Alake of Egbaland , Oba Adedapo Aderemi Alaremore of Ido, Osun, Michael Ademolaju Oloye of Oye, Ekiti among others.
Speaking on the mission, the Ooni said they are suing for peace ahead of the forthcoming election.
“My message to Nigerians in this time of election is peace, peace and peaceful coexistence all the way. The power of every Nigerian and every electorate lies in the thumb. As traditional rulers, we are father to all and in playing that role, we pray that there should be peace in this country. That is what we are preaching and it is very important to all of us to know than Nigeria is greater than any of us. So. We should continue to preach peace and identify with good things that will be beneficial to the nation. That is why we are here”.
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