Traditional rulers from the South-western states of Nigeria say they will continue to talk about development and the need to deliver more democratic dividends to citizens of the country.
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi made the statement on Friday, while speaking to Journalists, after he led traditional rulers from the South-West on a courtesy visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja.
He said: We are not here for politics. We are fathers to all, very close to our people; the only politics we understand is politics of development. We are here to talk about development for our people in all the states of the south western Nigeria.
We are here to point out the good things Mr. President has been doing especially the cordial relationship with the Vice President who is from the south western part of the country. Historically we know the issues of Presidents and Vice Presidents in Nigeria, we have not experienced such. So we are here not to be misconstrued for politics, we are here to be identified with development and progress of our nation more especially South-West.
According to the Ooni, the traditional rulers also request for the inclusion more women and youth in government.
We are here to further request from Mr. President good things that we want for our various states. When you are doing well you will first of all appreciate the good things before asking for more. What is critical for us here is to champion development for our people. We spoke about the inclusion of youths in the current government and also women inclusion. In terms of demography of voting pattern, we know that everything rests on the shoulders of Nigerian youths, we want to see them in this cabinet, he said.
He called on Nigerians to live in peace at all times, especially now that the 2019 election is fast approaching.
Our message is peace and peaceful coexistence among the electorate of this country. Elections is so close by, obviously tension will built. What is critical is for us to know that Nigeria is greater than all of us. No amount of money they will promise the youths to disrupt and to destabilize the country, they should know they are making history for themselves. They will come and they will go but Nigeria will remain.
We traditional rulers who are very fortunate to still be alive, we have experienced many Presidents, many Governors, a President cannot use more than eight years that is in the constitution of Nigeria and so Nigeria is greater than the President. Your maximum tenure is eight years.
So our message to everyone in Nigeria is that please, especially Nigerian youths, go and vote for whoever you want to vote for. Mr. President even said it himself; it is not a do or die affair. Whatever you want t to use your power of your thumb, go ahead and do it. We as traditional rulers are just here to play the fatherly role and make sure all is well in our nation, the Traditional ruler stressed.
Oba Adeyeye said the President gave a very good speech, as he recognized the pivotal role of South-Western Nigeria and the role the region has played in the development of Nigeria.
He advised Nigerians to perform their civic responsibility during the general elections and vote for candidates of their choice.
Source: Voice of Nigeria