Oba of Benin to Ganduje: “Cancel newly-created Emirates”

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, continued his nationwide tour on Monday with a courtesy call on the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The Herald reported that the traditional ruler visited former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, over the weekend as part of the tour.

Speaking with Ganduje, the revered traditional ruler urged the governor to reconsider his government’s decision on the creation of additional Emirates in Kano State.

“I am very worried and concerned over the issue, I urge you to please reconsider your decision your excellency.‎

“When I had a meeting with his Eminence over the issue, he said that reconciliatory moves were being made to settle the issue.

“Your Excellency, I appeal to you on behalf of myself and my brothers, please even if you are offended, please tamper justice with mercy.

“I advise you to please approach the issue with lots of caution and maturity,” the Oba of Benin, who was accompanied by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, said.

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He also called for peaceful coexistence and unity among Nigerians, adding that “there is need to pray for peaceful co-existence and unity of Nigeria,” Oba of Benin said.

The traditional ruler, who expressed happiness with the warm reception being accorded Edo indigenes in the state, added that his visit would boost the bond between the two states.

Oba Ewuare used the opportunity to commend the governor for his consistent call for unity among the people.

Responding, Ganduje said the state government has a sustained cordial and progressive relationship with traditional rulers in the state.

“We will continue to make the traditional institution relevant and also sustain the existing relationship,” the governor said.

Ganduje said that the role of traditional leaders in the country must be supported and respected in view of their significance in society.

“National integration is an integral part of our life; as a state, traditional institutions have an important role to play.”

He said Kano state is one of the most peaceful states in the country, adding that his administration has abolished the issue of non-indigeneship to promote integration.

“We have since abolished the issue of non-indigeneship. Whoever is in Kano, so long as he or she is doing lawful things, he is a citizen of Kano, irrespective of religious differences or ethnic nationality,” he said.

He said that Oba Ewuare’s visit would further strengthen the long cordial relationship existing between the two states.

In his remarks, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, congratulated the governor over his victory at the Supreme Court and pledged Kano Emirate’s support and cooperation towards the development of the state.

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