“You know all the families who harbour criminals and you know those who produce respectable individuals.

"You know the weaknesses of our society.

"We need your support to consolidate our achievements," President Muhammadu Buhari told traditional rulers in a meeting on Tuesday. 

Traditional rulers in Nigeria had come to the State House to see the President and congratulate him on his victory in the election. 

At the meeting President Buhari welcomed the rulers to the “Next Level” and urged them to be prepared to play a crucial role in the prevention and detection of criminal activities in their domains.

The traditional rulers led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III were members of the National Council of Traditional Rulers.

Muhammadu Buhari meets with traditional leaders

President Buhari also told them that involving royal fathers had become necessary in view of the deep knowledge of their localities.

President Buhari listed several significant efforts by his administration to enhance national security while emphasising the overall need for stability in the country.

“What we need now is your support. No government can serve creditably without your support. We will always count on your support,” he told the traditional rulers.

The President also welcomed the royal fathers to his “second and final term, at the end of which I will, God willing, go to Daura and settle down".

The Will Of God

The Sultan of Sokoto and Co-Chairman of the Council, told President Buhari that the body “on behalf of all the Traditional Rulers in Nigeria, is here to congratulate you on your re-election as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Urging “all Nigerians to accept the election result as the will of God,” the Sultan assured the President of the traditional rulers’ “continued unflinching support in your laudable projects, particularly your government’s cardinal objectives of fighting corruption, containing insecurity, generally sanitising the governance machinery, entrenching discipline, hard work and peaceful co-existence amongst the citizenry".

Muhammadu Buhari meets with traditional leaders

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A statement by a spokesman for President Buhari, Garba Shehu, said the Co-Chairman of the Council and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, assured President Buhari that their members would work very closely with his administration to fight criminal activities.

The Ooni urged the re-elected Nigerian leader to be a President for the whole nation and father to all citizens.

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