At the Traditional Rulers’ Day at the ongoing Rivers State Golden Jubilee celebration with the theme, “Traditional Institution in Nigeria and the Challenge of Re-engineering Viable Local Economies”
The Islamic leader in the Northern part of Nigeria, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, at the golden jubilee of Rivers State held on Wednesday the 4th May 2017, has categorically bemoans and cautions Nigerians against making the catastrophic mistakes that plunged Nigeria into 30 months civil war.
The Sultan further stated that the Nigeria nation would not be able to survive another civil war that it was expedient for Nigerians to work towards peaceful coexistence of one another.
The Sultan of Sokoto while addressing the participants, the Sultan of Sokoto stated that “Nigeria is just above 50 years and had fought a civil war. We must understand that Nigeria cannot survive another Civil War. Therefore, Nigerians should work against repeating such mistakes that led us to that Civil War.”
That traditional institution had been in existence before Nigeria was created, that Nigerians had what it takes to bring the best out of the country.
“The traditional institution was already here before Nigeria came into existence. When the colonial masters came, they saw a well organised traditional institution and that was why most parts of the country were ruled by them through the traditional rulers.
“The traditional institution in Nigeria has what it takes to bring the best out of our communities and our country. The politicians should not see the traditional institution as a threat, rather they should work with us,” he stressed.
The chief host of the event, the executive governor of Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike, disclosed at the event that his administration would use the Golden Jubilee celebration platform to deepen the unity and progress of the people of the state and the nation.
That his administration is committed to the progress of the state with measures in place to enhance the status of the state’s traditional rulers in the state.
The event also witnessed the presence of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who also further stated that traditional rulers should always lead exemplary lifestyle worthy of emulation by their subjects.
In his address the Ooni of Ife urge monarchs that they have more roles to play in the development of the country, that traditional rulers knew most of the miscreants perpetrating crimes in the society.
Ooni of Ife further pleaded with the political group to make use of the traditional institution and create jobs for the rural populace and make good programmes that will alleviates poverty.
The Sultan of Sokoto further pleaded with high net worth individuals and politicians not to see the traditional institution as a threat, but they should work with it to develop the country.
The Sultan of Sokoto charged monarchs in Rivers State to be supportive of the state government’s policies for the growth of the state.
At the end of the event, participants salute the Rivers State Government’s commitment towards the completion of the modern traditional rulers’ complex within six months and several poverty alleviation programmes in state.