A traditional ruler, Oba Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan has said that the recent visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the United States of America, USA, presented him as a president with leadership quality which has elicited pride in Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora.
Oba Akinruntan, the Olugbo of Ugboland in Ondo State, made the remark while fielding questions from journalists after he was conferred with‎ prestigious award of entrepreneurship by one of the foremost Ibadan socio-clubs, Omo Ajorosun Club at the club house, Total Garden, Ibadan at the weekend.
The monarch, who expressed satisfaction with the performance of the president since he assumed office, said of the US visit: “I was so happy with the way he answered questions when he went to the US and the way he was welcomed showed that he is a man of honour.”
According to him, “Buhari is very disciplined, well cultured, very intelligent, well composed. He was well composed in the US with the way he answered questions that were directed at him. He was so confident and tackled each question one after the other.
“He was not ruffled or disturbed but felt homely. Nigerians have just elected a president with quality leadership. I want Nigerians to be patient with him because Nigeria’s problem is not something that can be solved overnight. It is only through a gradual process that we can solve it”, Oba Akinruntan added.
The traditional ruler noted that, “Ugboland is very significant to the Yoruba nation. We are the first to arrive in Yoruba land and we are the owner of the Yoruba.
“A lot of people have testified to this and they include the late Profs Atanda, Akinjiogbin, Ade Ajayi, Ogeh in their various classical books on history relating to the Yoruba race. The same testimony has been given by Oba of Benin and Alaafin of Oyo,’’ he stated.
He described the honour done to him by the Club as a show of solidarity and respect to hard work, saying: “This was the same way former President Bill Clinton invited me to US to honour me and I was also curious then as to why I was invited. Clinton told me that he read how I started my business with a meagre amount of money and that it was rare for many Nigerians to even remember how they started their businesses”, he added.


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