The Emir of Borgu Kingdom in Niger State, Muhammed Dantoro, on Sunday called on traditional rulers to support the Federal Government’s efforts toward tackling insecurity and unemployement in the country.
Dantoro made the plea during a courtesy visit to the palace of the Otaru of Auchi, Edo.
“I call on traditional institutions to come together and address the security challenges in the country, our people should not live in fear, we should be free as a people and nation to move freely where ever we go without being policed.
“We have great work to do, if the traditional institutions come together with a strong voice to call on the politicians to understand they have responsibility to their people in terms of security.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on traditionl institutions to unite with the present administration to move Nigeria forward.”
Dantoro said that governments needed to understand that traditional institution is the institution of the people and that they cannot function well without the collaboration of the traditional rulers.
According to him, the royal fathers have key role to play in the area of security and creating employement, adding that these should not be left alone to government.
“Royal fathers have key role to play in this regard. Also we need to play a very key role in poverty, we need to work together to create employement.
“So that our people can have something to do, and that we cannot do without the government; so we need to work with the government so that we can achieve what is needed to achieve,” he said.
The emir said that the purpose of his visit was to thank the Otaru for his support during his installation as the Emir of Borgu Kingdom and to enhance the existing relationship between the two communities.
He commended the monarch for the propagation of Islam and ensuring unity among Muslims and Christians for peaceful coexistence.
“On behalf of the entire people of Borgu Kingdom we have come to thank you and to appreciation you for the good work you are doing especially in the field of Islam and may Almighty God continue to guide and protect you,” he said.
Responding, the Otaru, Aliru Momoh, harped on the long standing relationship between Auchi and Borgu and promised to sustain it.
“Borgu and Auchi are one community, and under one God who has put us together.
“I was happy when you were coronated, I know your late father and the two communities had a good relationship during the reign of your late father,” Otaru said.
Edited by Donald Ugwu