Rivers golden jubilee: Ooni, Sultan, others storm Port Harcourt

Prominent monarchs, including Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III  and others, have arrived Rivers State, for this year’s Traditional Rulers’ Day, scheduled for the Dr. Obi Wali International Conference Centre, Port Harcourt.

A gathering of prominent Nigerian monarchs in Rivers, is also part of activities to mark the Golden Jubilee celebration of a state which prides itself as the Treasure Base of the Nation.

During the visit, they are expected to witness the foundation-laying of the new Rivers State Traditional Rulers’ Secretariat Complex.

Briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Ooni commended government and people of the state for their hospitality and particularly noted that the peaceful co-existence was the foundation of the nation, giving royal blessings to the government and  people of the state, for attaining the age of 50.

“It is to the glory of God that we landed in Port Harcourt to celebrate with the people of the state, the 50th anniversary and to celebrate one Nigeria and one country. Our major objective is to continue to foster peace. 
“I am going to meet with the amiable governor; the number one citizen of the state and the good people of Port Harcourt, for us to know that we are all one. I also thank God Almighty for making the state active and still waxing strong. 
“The state is 50 years and by the special grace of God, there will be many more years of prosperity. Another beautiful thing that actually made me happy is that I saw a lot of Yoruba who came to welcome me. You can see that we are really intertwined in Nigeria. 
We are living together in peace and harmony; it is the same back in the entire Yoruba kingdom; we have a lot of people from this side of the world living there. So, we should all continue to live in peace and harmony,” Oba Ogunwusi said.

Speaking with newsmen on activities of Fulani herdsmen, the Ooni of Ife  advised Nigerians to tread with caution, on the menace of herdsmen across the country.

“It has to be approached with a lot of caution. You can see that meat is a necessity for us; everybody eats meat because of its protein and fibre content. 
“This is a very sensitive issue about our nation and as a result of this, we should apply a lot of caution. If it was properly coordinated across board, we will get the best out of it. The cattle rearers are nurturing their cows for human beings.”

He denied any misgivings between him and the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, when he pointed out that they have enjoyed cordial relationship for several years.

“We did not have a problem. It is being overblown by the media. As I said, I respect him. I had a relationship with him when I was a prince and when I was an entrepreneur in Lagos and I will continue to respect him. It is very unlikely that you will see a successful Nigerian that has not passed through Lagos. So, give honour to whom honour is due,” he said.