The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero, has lauded the wisdom of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and the role being played by the monarch in the integration of Nigerians.
The Emir, who said this yesterday during his visit to the Alaafin in Oyo town, said he was looking forward to benefiting from the fatherly advice and counsel of the octogenarian monarch.
The Emir said, “It is an honour to visit the Alaafin as we visit the South-West for the second time since ascending the position of our forefathers. We have come to Oyo to continue a very ancient relationship that was cultivated and nurtured by my late father. We have come to Oyo to seek the wisdom and blessings of Your Majesty. We have come to Oyo to demonstrate to our people that we are all tied by a thread of common destiny.
“The history of Oyo, like that of Kano, predates modern-day Nigeria by hundreds of years. The people of Oyo, like the people of Kano, have developed very sophisticated system of political, commercial and military expertise that was unequalled.”
The Alaafin said he and the late Ado Bayero fought the Federal Government and ensure that traditional rulers began to benefit five per cent of the allocation to local government areas in their domains.
Alaafin said, “I have written a lot about the roles of traditional rulers and why the traditional people must be allowed to convene for the greater good of this country.”