The Federal Government has restated its unwavering commitment to ensuring the stability and unity of Nigeria in the face of difficult security challenges in some parts of the country perpetrated mostly under religious guise.
President Goodluck Jonathan stated this while declaring open the Sixth General Assembly of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) at the Sultan Muhammadu Institute for Quran and General Studies, Sokoto State, Sokoto.
President Jonathan, represented by Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo said that, ?the NCTRN was convened to consolidate synergy on new ideas, perspectives and international best practices in confronting the diverse challenges posed by perceived and actual threats to national security in our respective communities, so as to find ways to achieve lasting peace and security in the country?.
Speaking further through the Vice President, President Jonathan commended the NCTRN for the timely convening of the General Assembly to seek solutions to the myriads of problems plaguing our nation.
Expressing delight at the role of the traditional institution in nation building, he particularly noted that, ?the theme of the Assembly, ?Building Multi-Stakeholders Synergy in Confronting Nigeria?s Challenges?, is relevant, representing a re-enforcement of our consistent efforts to promote inter-religious challenges and harmony?.
The President said, ?as a nation, we have no alternative to peaceful co-existence, as no meaningful development is possible otherwise?.
Earlier, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki, represented, informed the royal fathers of efforts of government in addressing security challenges with a view to enabling them explore ways of keying into these efforts by complementing government to forge a common front towards lasting peace in the country.
The Chairman of the NCTRN, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Sa?ad Abubakar III assured the Federal Government of their total commitment towards ensuring the peace and stability of the country by understanding who we are and not just by tolerating one another. Thanking President Jonathan for always paying attention to activities at traditional and religious levels, he said we are united here for Nigeria and nothing more.
Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako of Sokoto State expressed appreciation to Vice President Sambo for his presence at the event. He pledged his continued commitment towards supporting efforts at national development and galvanising good governance. He called on the Federal Government to give the traditional institution due respect and the opportunity to exercise a meaningful role in governance.
The governors of Benue, Bauchi, Kaduna, Gombe, Kogi and Kebbi States were in attendance.
The Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, Royal Fathers across the nation, religious leaders and members of the diplomatic corps were also amongst dignitaries present. ?