- The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar lll, and Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, have spoken about 2019 general elections
- The monarchs urged Nigerians to use their PVCs to vote wisely in order to elect credible leaders
- They also called for peaceful co-existence of citizens of different backgrounds, saying it is only in an atmosphere of peace that the goals of the nation would be realised
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, and Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, on Thursday night, August 23, urged Nigerians to elect only credible leaders in the 2019 general elections.
The monarchs gave the advice in Lagos, at the 1st Stakeholder’s Dinner and Interactive session of Legacy Initiative International, an advocacy group for good leadership.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the programme was: ‘Inter-Faith Collaboration in Nation-Building’.
Abubakar, represented by Sarkin Sokoto, Alhaji Muazu Abubakar, urged the electorate to vote wisely to ensure that only those who could deliver got to power.
According to him, “We are already in the season of politics, and many aspirants are busy trying to sell themselves to the electorate ahead of the 2019 elections.
“I urge Nigerians to use their PVCs to vote wisely and according to their conscience in order to elect credible leaders.”
Abubakar also advised non-partisan leaders to play their part to promote the emergence of credible leaders.
He called for peaceful co-existence of citizens of different backgrounds, saying it was only in an atmosphere of peace that the goals of the nation would be realised.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, who was represented by Elerefe of Erefe, Oba Fayemi Johnson, the monarch also urged citizens to participate in the electoral process to be part of nation building.
He commended Legacy Initiative International for their efforts at championing good leadership in the country.
According to him, “I commend the Initiative of the group; Nigerians need to support patriotic ideas like this to promote good governance.”
The monarch urged Nigerians to support the group in its quest to encourage good leadership at all levels.
In his remarks, a former foreign affairs minister, Gen.Ike Nwachukwu (Rtd), said many of the country’s challenges were due to bad leadership.
He, therefore, urged citizens to obtain their Permanent Voter’s Cards and elect those who would deliver the goods.
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According to him, “This is the time for Nigerians to wake up to their responsibilities and vote leaders they believe could serve their interests. People should go and obtain their PVCs and elect those who can secure their future and that of their children.”
In his speech, the Grand Patron of the group, Chief Kenny Martins, said one of the objectives of Legacy Initiative International was to moderate the interplay of political forces and interests, to make democracy work for the nation.
He said that the group was enlisting the support of leaders of the two dominant faiths of Islam and Christianity to work together and lend their integrity and experience for the development of the country’s nascent democracy
Martins pointed out that religion had a big role to play in governance, and urged all Nigerians not to allow religion to divide them in the course of nation building.
He said the group would continue to create awareness on the need to have good governance to move the country forward.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, said the Ooni of Ife Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar are his fathers.
The governor made his comments on Monday, January 29, at the 9th General Assembly of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, taking place in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.
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