The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has eulogised the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, on his 68th birthday and 17th anniversary on his ascension to the throne as the 13th Etsu Nupe, describing him as “peaceful bridge-builder.”
In a congratulatory message issued by his chief press secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, the governor described the Etsu Nupe as “a true, loving and peaceful leader” whose immense contributions to unity, peaceful coexistence and development of the nation had been recognised.
Governor Bello said the Etsu was a gift from God to humanity, noting that “his 17 years reign has been positively impactful on his subjects considering the rapid transformation in the Nupe Kingdom.”
“Through his widespread consultations and reach, he has been able to instil patriotism and understanding among the people in his domain as well as promote the cultural values of the Nupe speaking extraction in Nigeria.
“You are a gift to the society, your reign as Etsu Nupe in the past 17 years has brought about peaceful coexistence and promoted the rich cultural heritage of the Nupe Kingdom. I celebrate you and all that you represent on the throne. May your reign be long,” he said.
He prayed to God to grant the monarch sound health and more wisdom “as he continues to deliver efficient and rewarding leadership to the people of his domain.”