Buhari Seeks Traditional Rulers’ Advice, Says Alaafin

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Tobi Soniyi

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, said on Thursday in Abuja that President Muhammadu Buhari has asked him to inform traditional rulers in his domain to send him advice.

He spoke with State House correspondents in Abuja after meeting with Buhari behind closed doors.

Adeyemi said he visited the president to advise him on issues of national importance.

He said: “As a Nigerian and one of the topmost traditional rulers in the country, over the time, I sent a memorandum to the President which he acknowledged and he asked me to come and endorse those things I have written.”

He said his visit to the State House was to enable him use proper channel to reach the president for suggestions and advice.

He said: “Where he deserves commendation, I should also do that. Especially as it concerns the multi-dimensional problems Nigeria is facing; the Avengers and the bombing of oil installations, MEND, Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.”

Adeyemi said that Buhari recorded a major diplomatic success by the visit of the United States of America’s Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry.

“America does not usually send top officers for such visits if they have not used certain parameters to gauge the country’s performance,” he said.

His royal highness said he met with the president and offered some suggestions.

He said: “We are losing huge resources to the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers. Coming close to that is the infiltration of the militants in Lagos and Ikorodu where in the last three weeks, ten landlords were massacred.

“The Federal Government has since sent forces there to wipe them out. Normalcy has since returned to Ikorodu and Arepo area. If they had successfully spread their activities to the South West, there would have been more destruction. Lagos is the economic heartbeat of the nation.”