Nigeria: Sultan of Sokoto shows love in Rivers state
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar recently showed love by laying the foundation for the construction of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers Complex. It was an exceptional act as this serves as a symbol for religious unity and tolerance.
In addition, the exercise was performed in Port Harcourt where Sultan Abubakar prayed to God to grant Rivers State governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, the strength to continue to deliver development projects to the people of the state. He further prayed for a general development of the country.
Sultan commended Governor Wike for a job welldone. He further said the completion of the ultra-modern traditional rulers complex within six months will be a great deal and prayed for its actualization.
He believed that the ground breaking event is historic, pointing out that the edifice will help the traditional rulers carry out their duties to Rivers people. He also said that it will strengthen the tradition and custom of Rivers state .
Governor Wike has directed the contractor and the Special Adviser on Special Projects, to ensure that the project is completed within six months. He also noted that everything needed for completion is readily available and that no delay will be entertained. He said that the contractor has been fully mobilised to deliver the project in record time. He further stressed that his administration will not tolerate excuses.
“Money will not be a problem in the completion of this project within the scheduled period.”
However, it was confirmed that the state government decided to construct a befitting secretariat for the traditional rulers when it was discovered that the existing one had degenerated. In order to avoid embarrassment from visitors and residents, it decided to give it a befitting cap.
“We will give the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers a respectable and ultra-modern complex that all Rivers people will be proud of.” Governor Wike said.
In response, Chairman of Rivers Council of Traditional Rulers and Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, applauded Governor Wike for his decision to construct the edifice for the Rivers State traditional rulers. They believed it was a bold and courageous step to take.
Special Adviser on Special Projects to the Rivers State Governor, Mr Dum Wite assured the governor that the project will be completed on schedule and in line with approved specifications.
The foundation construction event was witnessed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Amanyanabo of Nembe, King Edmund Dakouru, Rivers State Traditional Rulers and their counterparts from across the country.
Sultan of Sokoto and other traditional rulers from different states have come to show love to the Rivers state government. This is a confirmation that religious unity and tolerance still have a space in every community. It can only be achieved through open minds.