Put your advice in writing, Buhari tells monarchs

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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked
traditional rulers to assist his government in
moving the nation forward by advising him.

He, however, urged them to always put such
advice meant for him in writing.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III,
disclosed this to State House correspondents
shortly after meeting with the President at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

Adeyemi, who said he visited the President to
endorse a memorandum which he had earlier sent,
said Buhari listened with rapt attention and sent
him to other traditional rulers in his domain.
“The President listened attentively and he has
asked me to pass the information to other
traditional rulers in my domain to assist the
government by giving advice because he is a good
listener but that such advice should be put in
writing so that he can then relate it to the
problems affecting Nigeria,” he said.
The traditional ruler said he advised the President
on the various problems facing the country such
as the violence being perpetrated by the Niger
Delta Avengers and the Boko Haram insurgency,
among others.
He also expressed delight at the recent visit of the
United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, to
the country.
He said, “As a Nigerian and one of the topmost
traditional rulers in the country, over the time, I
sent a memorandum to the President which he
acknowledged and he asked me to come and
endorse those things I have written.
“I think it is time for me to use the proper channel
to reach the President for suggestions and advice.
Where he deserves commendation, I should also
do that, especially as it concerns the multi-
dimensional problems Nigeria is facing; the
Avengers and the bombing of oil installations,
MEND, Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.
“One major diplomatic point the President scored
recently was the visit of the US Secretary of State,
John Kerry. America does not usually send top
officers for such visits if they have not used
certain parameters to gauge the country’s
performance.
“I have met with the President and offered some
suggestions. We are losing huge resources to the
activities of the Niger Delta Avengers. Coming
close to that is the infiltration of Lagos by
militants, especially in Ikorodu, where in the last
three weeks, 10 landlords were massacred.
“The Federal Government has since sent forces
there to wipe them out. Normalcy has since
returned to Ikorodu and Arepo areas. If they had
successfully spread their activities to the South-
West, there would have been more destruction.
Lagos is the economic heartbeat of the nation.”

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