Etsu Nupe and chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar has admonished political office holders in the country to always regard their positions as a trust from God, which they must strive to maintain.
The Etsu Nupe stated this in his Wadata palace on Tuesday at Sallah Barki Edir Fitr (Durbar) to mark the end of Edir Fitr celebration in his kingdom.
“This trust from God on both elected and appointed political office holders must strive to maintain it and work with the fear of God,” the royal father said.
The monarch further charged political office holders to ensure that they always discharged their responsibilities diligently to the people they serve.
“Such trust will be accounted for by anybody entrusted with leadership responsibilities,” he added.
According to him, “Both leaders and the led would in the hereafter account for their worldly lives before the Almighty God.”
The traditional ruler also urged parents in the country to pay attention to proper upbringing of their children through proper education towards acquiring both western and Islamic education.
According to Etsu Nupe, “Educating children at early age would reduce anti-social tendencies, activities among the youth and will enhance societal values.
“This would enable the Muslims to contribute their own quota to the meaningful socio-economic development of Nigeria,” he said.
The monarch explained that acquiring both Islamic and western education by Muslims would also help in making them self reliant and even become employers of labour.
Alhaji Abubakar added also that it would make them economically independent and less reliant on public sector jobs.
Abubakar stressed that if parents paid more attention to their children’s education at early age, they would grow up and become responsible leaders tomorrow.
The royal father also enjoined Muslims to rededicate themselves to the service of Allah.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello represented by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed-Ketso, said that the state government would continue to promote cultural and religious events across the state.
He said such encouragement was aimed at ensuring that the culture of the people of the state was preserved since culture facilitates the socio-economic well-being of the state and the country in general.
Bello commended the Etsu Nupe for maintaining peace in his domain and called on the community to uphold their culture, stressing that it had been a source of unity and progress.

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