The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has advised Nigerians to “accept the election result as the will of God.”
The Sultan made this comment when he led the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, NCTRN, to pay a congratulatory visit to President Muhammadu Buhari over his re-election.
The sultan said the traditional rulers supported President Buhari’s policies and would help to disseminate information on them to the people.
His words: “Your election as president for the second tenure should be seen as what God has destined which no man could have changed that destiny.
“This result is the will of the Almighty God and therefore we call on all to give you maximum support for the achievement of peace, development and progress of our dear nation.’’
The Sultan urged President Buhari to reciprocate the gesture of the electorate by making sure that his administration continued to ensure justice and fairness in all its dealings with Nigerians irrespective of their geopolitical backgrounds.
“We urge you, Mr President, to reciprocate by continuing to lead with justice and fairness as you openly said in your acceptance speech after the receipt of the certificate of return,’’ he said.
The traditional ruler stated that the council had resolved to continue to offer its unflinching support to the federal government’s cardinal objectives of transforming the economy, securing the country and the fight against corruption.
In his remarks, the co-chairman of the council and the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, reaffirmed the Council’s determination to work closely with the government for the general good of the country.
He challenged the president to listen to criticism of his administration in `a very constructive manner’.
Ogunwusi added: “We know that you are very passionate about the people of this country especially the common people.
“We want to urge you to continue to play that fatherly role. Let the whole nation see you as the true father; let the whole nation see you as the true president that will actually consolidate what has brought all of us together.’’
Responding, President Buhari sought for more understanding and support from the royal fathers.