Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, have both emphasised the role of traditional rulers in the country, saying they were closer to the people than government.
Speaking when the two monarchs met in the emir’s palace in Ilorin on Wednesday, Oba Ogunwusi said that royal fathers were divine, adding that they were born and not a creation of human beings.
The Ooni, who said that people first come to traditional rulers when problem arises, added that they should be honoured and accorded roles to encourage peaceful co-existence.
He called on all kingdoms in the country to come together and concentrate on issues that unite people than what could divide them.
“If we focus on matters that are common to us, with this in our subconscious nature, we will know that we are the same and one and from one God,” he said.
The Ooni also said that he was ready to cooperate with the emir in the interest of development of Nigeria, adding that his mission was based on spirit of love, unity and development.
Also speaking, the Emir of Ilorin commended the hand of fellowship being extended by the Ooni across Nigeria and beyond, saying that “in Islamic parlance, kings are moulded in the shadow of Almighty God.”
The emir also said that Nigerians were brothers and sisters, calling on Nigerian leaders to imbibe spirit of oneness for the country to grow in unity.
He described Kwara State and Ilorin in particular as strategic geographical location in the country, saying that the unique position of the location between the north and south should be exploited for unity of the country.

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