The Olugbon of Orile-Igbon Oba Francis Alao has called on Nigerians to support President Bola Tinubu in his efforts to build a better Nigeria for all.
The monarch, who is the Deputy Chairman, Oyo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, also urged the president to craft constitutional roles for traditional rulers as leaders who are closest to the people.
The monarch sought this in his Independence Day statement in which he congratulated Tinubu and all Nigerians on the occasion of the country’s 63rd anniversary.
Oba Alao added that the Nigeria of our dream can only be made possible when all citizens work together to reposition the country.
It read in part: “As we celebrate this milestone, we must reflect on the legacies of our past heroes and their sacrifice for the country. It is more important than ever to work together to reposition the county to reclaim its lost glory. We all have a role to play in this, from traditional rulers to government at all levels and citizens.
“I urge Nigerians to support President Bola Tinubu’s led administration and his ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda including the developmental agendas of states and local government. It might be challenging today but in the long run, Nigerians will enjoy the dividends of democracy, considering the effort of the government.
“However, to accelerate the new and better Nigeria that we all want, we must strengthen our traditional institutions. Our advisory role is not enough, President Bola Tinubu should as a matter of importance assign an active role to the traditional institution in his government. As a strategic stakeholder, we are closer to the people and we know their concerns. For example, the British government did not relegate their monarchical institution to their constitution.
“On another note, we also need to promote our cultural heritage and made-in-Nigeria products. We are great people and blessed as a nation across different ethnic groups with cultural, human, and natural resources. To actualize some of our great potential, we need to continue to live in unity, seek dialogue, and chart a new course for the country.
“I pray for prosperity and peaceful coexistence for our dear country, by the special grace of God.”