By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) obTuesday said God gives power to whomever He wills, adding that the re-election of President Muhammadu Buahri was the will of God to guarantee the progress and development of the country.
Chairman of the Council and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar made this declaration on behalf of the Council on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he led members of the Council on a congratulatory visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Council urged losers in the 2019 Presidential election to accept the will of God and support President Buhari, to move the country forward.
He said: “The National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria is here to felicitate with you on your re-election as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We join all Nigerians and the International community in praying and wishing you very big success in your tenure.
“As traditional rulers, we are not only custodians of our people’s cultures, values and traditions but also the custodians of the religious beliefs and conscience of our people. We are therefore, fully aware that it is only God almighty who owns power and authority and who bestows this on whom He will, when He wills and how He wills. Therefore your election as President for a second tenure should be seen as what God has destined and no one could have changed that.
“This result is the will of the almighty God and therefore we call on all to give you maximum support for the achievement of peace, development and progress of our dear nation.”
The Chairman of NCTRN charged President Buhari to continue to exhibit justice and fairness as he led the country.
Sultan Abubakar noted that the traditional institution as an enduring cultural heritage of its people would continue to serve as the bedrock of any administration in power.
“This Council strives to ensure a peaceful, strong, united and developed Nigeria. It is for this reason that the Council resolved to continue to give maximum support to government at all levels, for the achievement of all visionary and people oriented policies, programmes and projects for the overall wellbeing of Nigerians, while at the same time maintaining its unwavering stance on the Rule of Law and practice of democracy” he said.
He pledged the support of traditional rulers for President Buhari’s three cardinal areas of focus, fighting corruption, revamping the economy and improving security.
Responding, President Buhari sought for more understanding and support from the royal fathers.
The President, who thanked God for an opportunity to serve the nation for another four years, re-stated his believe in Nigeria’s multi-cultural population and the continued existence of Nigeria as an indivisible entity.
“I am very happy that you have come to congratulate me for coming to my second and final term of office. I believe in this system, such a multi-racial, multi-national and multi-cultural country like Nigeria, a country with more than 250, 000 cultures,” he said.
The President stressed that traditional rulers had a big role to play in securing the country, because of their unique role in the society.
“I realise that really if you want the security of the country, which is very important to us and one of our three main areas of focus. As traditional rulers, you know everybody in your constituencies and you know which family has hardened criminals and which family has respectable people so there is no way any government at any level can survive creditably without your support. This is the honest fact whether people accept it or not.
“So we always depend on you because you know the weaknesses of our system and the society. We certainly need your cooperation on day to day basis to make sure that we consolidate on what we promised the whole country,” the President stated.
Co-Chairman of the Council, the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi said traditional rulers across the country had resolved to work very closely with government.
He thanked President Buhari for his willingness to work with the traditional institution, because of his believe in taking Nigeria to another level.
The Delegation comprised paramount rulers and Chairmen of the various State Traditional Councils in Nigeria.