President Muhammadu Buhari has asked traditional rulers in the country to join hand with his government of “Next Level” to wage war against criminal activities in their domains.
The President, who spoke today, Tuesday when he received members of the National Council of Traditional Rulers led, by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that involving the royal fathers in the fight against crimes had become necessary in view of the deep knowledge of their localities.
“You know all the families who harbour criminals and you know those who produce respectable individuals. You know the weaknesses of our society. We need your support to consolidate our achievements.”
President Buhari listed several significant efforts by his administration aimed at enhancing national security while emphasising the overall need for stability in the country.
“What we need now is your support. No government can serve creditably without your support. We will always count on your support,” he told the traditional rulers.
The President also welcomed the royal fathers to his “second and final term, at the end of which I will, God willing, go to Daura and settle down.”
The Sultan of Sokoto and Co-Chairman of the Council, told President Buhari that the body “on behalf of all the Traditional Rulers in Nigeria, is here to congratulate you on your re-election as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The Sultan advised all Nigerians to accept the election result as the will of God, even as he assured the President of the traditional rulers’ continued unflinching support in his laudable projects, “particularly your government’s cardinal objectives of fighting corruption, containing insecurity, generally sanitizing the governance machinery, entrenching discipline, hard work and peaceful co-existence amongst the citizenry.”
The Co-Chairman of the Council and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, assured President Buhari that the members would work very closely with his administration to fight criminal activities.
The Ooni advised the re-elected Nigerian leader to be a President for the whole nation and father to all citizens.