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June 12: Traditional rulers preach unity, patriotism

From Debra Ajulo, Ilorin

As Nigerians observe this year’s Democracy Day a cross section of traditional rulers in Kwara state have stressed the need for Nigerians to remain unity and bury their differences to facilitate even development that would further strengthen the Nation’s democratic setting and ensuring good governance across the states and the country as a whole.

According to the Emir of Shonga in Edu local government area of the state, Alhaji Ndanusa Haliru Yahaya, “no meaningful development can be achieved where peace does not exist hence the need for the people to continue to be their brothers’ keeper.”

Alhaji Yahaya noted that what the country needed now is prayers to enable the new governments both at the states and federal levels achieve their set goals.

Also, the Chairman Ekiti Traditional Council of Obas and the Olosi of Osi, Oba Saliu Abdulkareem Adasofegbe Arowobeku the 1st urged Nigerians to partner with the initiatives of the new government in the state to enable them excel in their new assignment.

In his view, the Alamayo of Amayo in Ifelodun LGA of the State, Oba lbrahim Jamiu Oyebola emphasized the need for the people to tolerate their differences in order to sustain the hard won democracy while urging the people to  remain united to enable them enjoy more dividends of democracy.

The Oloyipo of Eggi Oyo-ipo in Irepodun LGA of the State, Oba Abdulwahab Adeoye Jinad who spoke on the need for the people of the country to cultivate the habit of developing ideals that would contribute immensely to the Nation’s socio-economic activities. He cautioned the people against any act that can jeopardize the country’s image.

A prominent traditional ruler in Sapati-Ile in Asa LGA of the State, Alhaji Bolakale Salami on his part appealed to Nigerians, no matter highly placed in the society, to continue to respect constituted authorities. He also urged governments at all levels to implement new programs and policies that would have direct bearing on the masses.

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