Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, yesterday turbaned three eminent persons from Nupe kingdom to mark this year’s Nupe Day.
The event, which took place at the Wadata Palace of Etsu Nupe in Bida, attracted prominent Nupe sons and daughters from different walks of life.
Those turbaned by Etsu Nupe include Political Adviser to Niger Sate Governor Babaginda Aliyu, Mohammed Dabban as Sarikin Baki Nupe, Hajiya Maryam Ladidi Mohammad as Wokylian Mata Nupe and Comfort Kachi as Jakadiya Raba Nupe.
Speaking after the turbaning Etsu Nupe prayed for the growth and development of Nigeria while emphasising the need for peaceful co-existent among his subjects and all Nigerians.
He also commended the Niger state Government for the support to the Nupe Day celebration.
The royal father also prayed for the progress of the title holders, asking them to continue to contribute to the development of the society.
Meanwhile, Governor Aliyu has identified selflessness as the panacea for the growth and development of Nigeria.
Aliyu, who spoke through his Deputy Governor, Hon Ahmed Musa Ibeto during the celebration of Nupe Day, said that those turbaned by the Etsu should not relent in contributing more to the growth of Nupe land and the country in general.
Aliyu added that leaders must watch what they do because the people were watching their actions and inactions as well as their deeds and misdeeds sayin that the source of happiness of leaders should be how they were able to make the people happy.
“ I am delighted to note that traditional titles are always in recognition of certain worthy qualities, attributes or contributions of the title holders , no matter how insignificant such attributes may appear, it is thus very important that we should be very careful in whatever we do in every situation” he said.
Aliyu extolled the virtues of the Etsu Nupe for instituting the celebration of Nupe Day which, he said, would go a long way to unite all Nupe people and