Nigeria’s president tasks monarchs on peaceful polls

Nigeria’s president tasks monarchs on peaceful polls

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has urged traditional leaders to persuade their subjects, especially young people, to refrain from any violent behaviour in the run-up to the 2023 elections.

At a ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of Ona of Abaji and Chairman, FCT Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa’s ascension to the throne in Abaji, Buhari, through FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello, presented the assignment.

While praising the Ona of Abaji for his efforts to ensure his subjects live in peace and harmony, he emphasised the weight of duty that every leader must bear to be prepared for future generations and a better society.

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He said nothing positive can be achieved “in the environment of rancour and violence.”

As the election approaches, “we should thus make intentional and concerted efforts to guarantee that peace and tranquilly prevail,” he urged.

During his speech, Buhari congratulated the king on reaching this milestone in his reign and prayed that God would continue to grant the traditional ruler the divine wisdom to lead his people.

Before the establishment of Abuja in 1976, Yunusa had stated that the Ona stool of the Abaji chiefdom had been in use since Abaji was part of Kwara.

He explained that he was elevated to first class since, among the towns and villages split into FCT, Abaji was the only stool with the highest and recognised graded office staff.

The monarch declared that ever since he took the throne twenty-five years ago, he and his people have worked diligently to promote peace between the various ethnic groups residing in the Federal Capital Territory, particularly in Abaji.

He claims that under his reign, kidnappings and banditry have always been dealt with and that he has successfully addressed several chieftaincy issues in various tribunals.

As a result, Yunusa pleaded with the government to convert the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) into a state, appoint locals to ministerial positions, and inaugurate the newly finished Federal University of Technology (FUT) Abaji.

Representatives from the Emir of Kano, the Etsu of Patigi, the Emir of Zamfara, and prominent politicians from the FCT all attended the anniversary celebration.

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