Jonathan Seeks Monarchs’ Support to Tackle Insecurity
President Goodluck Jonathan has called for prayers from traditional rulers for the restoration of peace and solution to security challenges facing the country, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
Jonathan made the call in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday when he met with the traditional rulers in Kebbi State at the palace of the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Mohammad Bashar.
He said the traditional institution was the custodian of culture and peaceful co-existence as well as major avenue for successful implementation of policies and programmes of government.
Jonathan said his administration was committed to the unity and stability of the nation, urging the traditional rulers to ensure that peace reigned in their areas of authority.
“My regime would continue to entrench the principles of democratic governance through the conduct of free and fair elections in our quest to leave a legacy for posterity,” the President said.
He said he was in the palace to seek the blessings of the traditional rulers considering the state governorship election slated for March 31 following the sacking of Mr. Saidu Dakingari as governor by the Supreme Court recently.
The Emir commended the President for initiating and executing development projects across the nation.
Bashar, who is also the chairman of the state council of chiefs, said the traditional rulers would continue to support the FG to achieve its transformation agenda for the nation.
The Emir called on the security agencies not to relent in their efforts at overcoming the security challenges facing the country.
Meanwhile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo said the election would be an easy ride for the PDP.
Obasanjo spoke at a rally organised to inaugurate the campaign of Dakingari in Birni-Kebbi on Thursday.
“We are here to celebrate reconciliation. We are here to crown because after other parties have collapsed into the PDP, the election is just a formality and we must go through it. For me it is a day of celebration and felicitation,” he said.
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