The Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has called for prayers for the nation’s leaders.
The Etsu Nupe made the appeal while speaking with the news men in his Wadata Palace, Bida, Niger state on Wednesday.
Abubakar said the newly elected leaders needed the prayers of Muslim and Christian faithful for God’s guidance and protection to enable them discharge their duties effectively.
According to him, with fervent and ceaseless prayers, God Almighty will guide them on the right path for the country to move forward.
He said: “There is the need for Muslims and Christians to pray fervently for the success of all those who were inaugurated recently and for God Almighty to guide and guard them to deliver to the people the much needed dividends of democracy.”
The first class traditional ruler said that security challenges such as insurgency, banditry and kidnapping would be surmounted through such prayers.
Abubakar admonished Governor Umaru Bago of Niger state to accord top priority to the welfare of the citizens in the state.
He advised the governor to focus more on developmental projects in order to improve the welfare of the people.
“We are appealing to him to run the administration of Niger state in a God fearing manner and dedication,” he said.
The Etsu Nupe urged Bago to ensure appointment of competent and experienced people into his cabinet, so as to take the state to the greatest heights.
He further advised the governor to ensure transparency and accountability while piloting the affairs of the state for development to thrive.
Abubakar urged the governor to explore new ways of generating revenue for the overall development of the state.
“Let him look at areas to generate more revenue as revenue is very important to the development of the state. Without funds, you can’t do anything,” he said.
Abubakar urged members of the state House of Assembly to screen and approve qualified and competent persons into positions of authority.
The royal father enjoined citizens to be law abiding, respect constituted authorities and live in peace with one another, irrespective of their affiliations.