The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, has once again harpered on the need to fastback the much needed national integration.
The First Class Ruler made this call at the installation of the first Asiwaju (Leader) of Igbo Assembly in Iwoland, Emeka Martins Odumegwu. The pro-national unity monarch, who was dressed in Ibo attire at the ceremony said:
“Ethnic divide has done the nation much damage, I am beseeching our people to appreciate modern practices obtainable in developed nations for national development.”
The paramount Ruler urged the people to take example from Lagos and Osun States, where people of other ethnic groups are been accommodated and voted into positions of authority.
The monarch is renowned for his countless unity overtures with his northern and Eastern colleagues.
He insisted that his approach of dressing in the attires of other ethnic is a way of uniting Nigeria.
“I urge government to relax policies militating the oneness of Nigeria such as the state of origin certificate, restriction of political aspirations to once immediate environment and many others.
“Wearing of other tribe’s clothes is for love and unity to make Nigeria one and preparing a better future for every Nigerian regardless of where they chose to live.
“I am equally imploring other kings to adopt every Nigerian as their own child.”
In his address at the swearing in ceremony at the Palace square, the Ojuwo advised that palace is a rally point and general place for every Nigerian. It jumps political, religious, ethnic and economic barrier. Everyone, irrespective of your location should be able to approach any palace and make your request. Palace belongs to Nigerians not certain ethnic class”
“Unlike Mosque and Church where Muslims and Christians have respective exclusive access to, palace should accommodate everyone whether you are Muslim or Christian, Yoruba, Hausa or Ibo. As fathers to the nation, we left no alternative than to make our palaces accessible to all Nigerians and be prompt in the intervening in any brewing issue before germinate to external crisis”
“The traditional stereotype attached to the palace must be addressed. We owe a duty of establishing the pureness of our respective palace. doing this will convince the populace that no one is spiritually affected in the palace”
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