Sultan, Ooni urge good governance to quell agitations
• Abia monarchs decry level of destruction
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, have called on the authorities to ensure good governance in the polity.
The first class monarchs, who jointly chaired an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) parley of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCYRN) in Abuja, argued that “the measure is required to assuage the feelings of restive youths in the country.”
Enjoining public office holders to initiate good programme that would impact positively on Nigerians, the Ooni frowned on the practice of remembering Nigerians at the grassroots during electioneering, which frustration, he believed, was mainly responsible for recent #EndSARS protests.
Speaking in the same vein, the Sultan stressed the need for religious tolerance among Nigerians.
Assuring that NCYRN would proffer solution to the country’s teething problems, he said the country could attain growth and prosperity if peace and justice reign supreme.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari, other public office holders and traditional rulers to be just in their dealings with the masses.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, who graced the event, applauded the role played by traditional rulers to keep the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from escalating.
MEANWHILE, traditional rulers in Aba South Council, Abia State, have decried the level of vandalism during the #EndSARS protests.
Accompanied by stakeholders comprising women and youth leaders, Nzuko Aba na Ohazu, under which umbrella the royal fathers gathered, prayed against such calamity in future and cursed the hoodlums that introduced vandalism and looting in the peaceful protests.
Chairman of Aba South Traditional Rulers Council, HRH Ibe Enyeazu of Umuogele Kingdom, lamented the vandalism and razing of the revered Aba Town Hall.
He said: “Our people are crying. I am also crying because the disaster that took place in this our council headquarters is painful. They looted the Chamber of Aba South Council of Traditional Rulers and set everything ablaze.”
Also expressing dismay over the incident, the Chairman of Nzuko Aba na Ohazu, Chief Obinna Ugboaja, condemned those who hijacked the protests on October 21, 2020 and turned it into act of vandalism.
According to the President of Nzuko Aba na Ohazu Women General Assembly, Felicia Ugboaja, the destruction in Aba South was a terrible act, which billion naira could not repair.
“All the properties we, Aba women, normally use for our various activities were either looted or burnt. Our musical instruments, our seats and other materials were all destroyed. We leave everything to God and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, believing they will do something.”
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