By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
The Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has urged lawmakers-elect, Tajudeen Abass and Benjamin Kalu to put Nigeria first in the discharge of their duties if they are elected as speaker and deputy speaker of the House of Representatives.
Ooni who doubles as Co-chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) prayed for Abbas and his running mate, during their courtesy visit to his palace.
Abass and Kalu with their new counterparts alike under the aegis of Unity Group, sought the support of the frontline monarch for the lawmakers’ ambition.
“May God be with you and bless your aspirations. May you not be too big to serve the people. May you not be too big to serve the interest of our nation. May you not jettison and forget the interest of our people, May God put the love of the people in your heart and may God also put the interest of your party secondarily in your heart,” Ooni prayed.
Earlier, the lawmaker representing Zaria Federal Constituency (Kaduna State), Tajudeen lauded the Ooni for his international peace initiative which has earned the monarch global repute.
“Nigeria is blessed with her diversity and there is need for all of us to come together collectively for the betterment of our dear nation and that is why all members-elect of the House of Representatives that followed me down here to pay homage to our highly revered Ooni cut across the six geopolitical zones which include both major and minor political zones in Nigeria” Abass said.
Stressing the roles of traditional rulers in engineering national unity, the lawmaker promised to activate constitutional roles for traditional rulers in Nigeria through the instrument of the National Assembly if elected.
Kalu praised the African foremost king for promoting the African traditional culture globally
He confirmed the role of the monarch in ensuring the national unity and equally attested to Ooni’s roles in making Nigeria a progressive nation which was evident in the recent cultural and economic trip the king took to Brazil and Kenya recently as a Pan African King.
While presenting Abass, Kalu and the accompanying legislators-elect from across the six geopolitical zones, a member representing Oyo Federal Constituency, Akeem Adeyemi said the reason for the visit was to get fatherly blessings from the Ooni being The Traditional Head of The Yoruba Race Worldwide.
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