From Ahmed Danasabe, Lokoja
Former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, has described Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar as a bridge builder, peacemaker and a beacon of hope for the less-privileged people in the nation.
Babangida spoke on Saturday in Bida, Niger State at a ceremony to mark Abubakar’s 20 years on the throne and his 71st birthday.
Represented by the former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Babangida said that the 20-year throne of the Etsu Nupe had brought tremendous development to Bida Emirate.
According to him, Abubakar has ensured peaceful coexistence among all the residents of the emirate irrespective of tribal, religiousness and ethnic differences.
Babangida said: “He is a humble man to the core who has the interest of the nation at heart.
“I am praying for sound health for him and longevity.”
Also speaking, Govetnor Umar Bago of the state appealed to traditional rulers in the state and other parts of the country to always guide leaders aright whenever they go astray.
Bago also pledged to continue to give listening ears to traditional rulers in the state.
He prayed for divine guidance for the Etsu Nupe to enable to sustain his tempo of piety, patriotism and philanthrophy.
Bago further vowed to ensure the even socioeconomic development of the state in all ramifications.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar sought for prayers for leaders at all levels, saying, “this is to enable them to discharge their responsibilities diligently.
P“The Etsu Nupe and myself are both 20 years on our thrones . He is God-sent to salvage the people.
“So, I am urging all Nupes,home and in the diaspora, to support the Etsu Nupe,” he said
The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan-Ogunwusi, urged Nigerians to fervently pray for President Bola Tinubu and other leaders to enable them deliver more dividends of democracy to the people of the nation.
Responding, the elated celebrant, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Etsu Nupe and Chairman Niger State Traditional Rulers, also appealed to Nigerians to be patient with Tinubu.
He said: “Tunubu’s policies will soon yield fruits and there will be light at the end of the tunnel.
“I am therefore calling on Nigerians to pray for them to succeed and Tinubu’s success is our pride,” he said.
Abubakar urged the Nupes at home and in the diaspora to come back home and invest in the emirate to bolster the development of Kin-Nupe.
Highlights of the occasion was the turbaning of Mrs.Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, first daughter of Tinubu as the ‘Yar Jari Nupe’.
Others turbaned were: Sen. Bima Muhammad-Enagi, represented Niger South Senatorial District in the 9th Senate as the ‘Dunjuma Nupe’ and Chief Mordecai Danteni- Baba, a former Director/Chief Executive Officer, Department of Petroleum Resources as ‘Majiko Nupe.’
Also, Dr. Abdullahi Abubakar-Kuso bagged the title of ‘Dan Wadata Nupe’ while Akanya Ibrahim-Aliyu from Kogi was turbaned as ‘Magatakadan Raba Nupe’.