President Bola Tinubu is presently engaged in a meeting with traditional rulers and their representatives from all over the country at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja.
This meeting, which is taking place on Friday, is part of a series of interactions the President has been having with important stakeholders from the executive, legislative, business, and traditional sectors since assuming office on May 29.
During the closed-door meeting, Tinubu is expected to address topics related to national reconciliation and unity, as he emphasized in his inaugural speech.
In his opening statement, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar III, who led the group of traditional rulers, mentioned that they visited the President to congratulate him and assure him of their support in the challenging task of nation-building. The Sultan highlighted that the council of traditional rulers consists of professionals from various fields, making it a valuable resource for the President to tap into for expertise. He also expressed the traditional rulers’ confidence in Tinubu’s ability to lead Nigeria towards progress and pledged their support to help transform his renewed vision into actionable policies.
Additionally, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Adewusi, urged President Tinubu to involve the traditional rulers more actively in addressing the issue of insecurity. The monarch passionately implored the President, saying, “Mr. President, use us. Use us. Use us.”
Among those present at the meeting are Vice President Kashim Shettima, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Senator George Akume, the State House Permanent Secretary Tijjani Umar, as well as various prominent traditional rulers including the Emir of Kano, Obi of Onitsha, Tor Tiv, Etsu Nupe, Deji of Akure, Shehu of Borno, Elegushi of Ikate, Jaja of Opobo, Lamido of Adamawa, Emir of Zazzau, Gbong Gwom Jos, Attah Igala, Alake of Egbaland, Shehu of Borno, and a representative of the Oba of Benin.