In a statement issued by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Otunba Moses Olafare, the esteemed Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to swiftly confront the challenges currently facing Nigeria, leveraging his reputation as a man of action.
Expressing congratulations on Tinubu’s inauguration as Nigeria’s President, the Ooni emphasized the importance of engaging capable Nigerian youths in the administration to help the country regain its rightful position globally.
“As we celebrate this momentous day of your inauguration, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to you and your esteemed wife, who now assumes the role of the mother of the nation, as you officially assume leadership as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” stated the Ooni.
The Ooni of Ife expressed his hopes for Tinubu’s administration, calling for good governance characterized by transformative economic growth, robust security, and progress for all Nigerians, both within the country and abroad.
Recognizing Tinubu’s wealth of experience as a man of progressive action and his ability to mobilize resources and manage diverse interests, the Ooni expressed confidence in his leadership to unify Nigeria across political, ethnic, and religious lines.
Additionally, as the Co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), the Ooni stressed the significance of involving Nigeria’s traditional institutions, particularly in addressing the country’s security challenges.
“The traditional rulers in this country are closest to the people, as there is nobody in Nigeria who is not a subject of a particular traditional ruler. This is why it is important for the government to empower us with more strategic constitutional roles, especially in the areas of security management and conflict resolution,” emphasized the Ooni.
Moreover, the Ooni encouraged President Tinubu to collaborate with progressive African leaders and friends of Africa worldwide. He specifically mentioned President Luiz Inácio LULA da Silva of Brazil, with whom the Ooni recently met during the unveiling of the Annual African Traditional Religion Day celebrations in Brasilia, Brazil. By forging partnerships with such leaders, the Ooni believes they can collectively work towards Africa’s development and progress.
As President Tinubu assumes his new role, the expectations are high for his administration to address the pressing challenges facing Nigeria, engage the country’s traditional institutions, and foster partnerships for Africa’s advancement.