President Muhammadu Buhari has emphasized the imperative of support of traditional rulers in the administration’s determination to address the demands of the country’s youths.
The president made the call at a meeting with a delegation of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, at the State House, Abuja.
While describing their “role as guardians of our traditional values and culture” as most critical, the president urged them not to compromise their neutrality “because this is what significantly confers on you, your moral authority and legitimacy.”
He revealed that his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, would lead senior government officials to various parts of the country “and directly engage with you as part of this process. He will be reporting back to me on your various perspectives.
The president acknowledged the primary and important role of the monarchs in helping maintain peace and security in the country, and expressed delight at their visit “given all that has happened recently in our country.”
While receiving the recommendations of the traditional rulers, he promised to study them and take appropriate action.
Buhari had earlier drawn the attention of the eminent delegation to the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic on the world.
He noted, however, that his administration had designed various schemes and taken many measures to soften the impact, “despite our own revenue struggles as government.’’
He recognized that “more needs to be done to cater to our fellow citizens, not just those in the urban areas but also those in rural areas.”