Traditional rulers in Nigeria are closer to the populace than President Muhammadu Buhari and he wants them to do something before general elections begin in less than 36 days. 

On Friday, President Buhari held talks with them at the Villa in Abuja and requested that they should use their closeness to the grassroots to secure the country and ensure that forthcoming elections are peaceful.

According to the president, those who fear that their persons or their policies cannot win elections might resort to incitements and violence.  

“We are determined to keep order and I hope Your Highnesses are on the same page with us.” 

Buhari also reiterated the commitment of his administration to infrastructural development across the nation.

“In every state in Nigeria, we are doing at least one major road project. In the Southwest, we are completing the Lagos to Ibadan expressway.

“The reconstruction of this road, which is the busiest in Nigeria, had not been given the attention it deserved till now. We will complete the first phase of railway, Lagos to Ibadan by the end of this month. 

“We are also working on several power projects in the Southwest; of importance is the imminent completion of power supply to Ondo South where many of the local governments have not had power for years,” he told the traditional rulers led by the Ooni of Ife and Co-chair of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The president said that the nation could only develop if resources were spent on the people and facilities that would promote commerce and create jobs. 

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He commended the traditional rulers, especially the people of Southwest for setting the example of religious tolerance and unity. 

“It is to your credit as traditional rulers that such harmony between religions has been achieved.”

Also on the delegation were the Alake of Egbaland, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, the Oloye of Oye Ekiti, the Olukare of Ikare Akoko, the Aseyin of Iseyin,  Deji of Akure and the Alayemore of Ido Osun.

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