The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Faruk Yahaya and the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Hammed Oyelude Tegbosun II were unanimous on need for all ethnic groups in Nigeria to continuously work for a peaceful co-existence among one another.
While receiving Oba Oyelude in his office at the Army Headquarters, Abuja on Friday, General Yahaya pledged a renewed commitment to the country’s armed forces to sustain the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, religious, cultural and political differences.
He applauded traditional rulers in the country for their fatherly role and rising above primordial sentiments on matters affecting national security and the corporate existence of Nigeria, adding that their tremendous role goes a long way in mitigating security challenges in different parts of the country.
Specifically, he commended the consistent efforts of the Olowu of the Kuta Kingdom in supporting the military and security forces in the country and said that his efforts of building bridges of understanding among Nigerians are worthy of emulation.
He, thus, urged Oba Oyelude to intensify efforts at making the traditional institutions reliable partners in the Nigerian project, particularly the need to ensure citizens commitment to patriotism and socio-economic and cultural integration of her vast populations.
The Chief of Army Staff also assured that the Nigerian Army would continue to discharge its Constitutional duties professionally and dispassionately for the benefit of all Nigerians.
Earlier, the Olowu of Kuta said he was at the Army Headquarters to commiserate with the Chief of Army Staff, and also to congratulate him over his well-deserved appointment, observing that his competence and experience will come in handy in the discharge of his duties.
The traditional ruler promised to rally other traditional rulers behind government policies and programmes that will guarantee the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians and be in the vanguard of ideas that will continue to secure the country from internal and external threats.
Oba Oyelude called for more support for Nigerian Army and advocated for more synergy and cooperation amongt the military for peace, unity, security and development of Nigeria