Osinbajo charges traditional chiefs over religion and ethnic tolerance

From Tony Osauzo and Ighomuaye LuckyBenign

the Yesterday, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo instructed traditional rulers to entrench religious and ethnic tolerance in their areas to foster peace and unity in the country.

He gave charge to Auchi, the seat of Etsako West Local Government Area of ​​Edo State when bestowing a chieftaincy title: the Oduma (Lion) of Auchi to the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, by the Otaru of Auchi, HRH Alhaji Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III.

The Vice President said that Auchi, where he did his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), symbolizes what Nigeria should be as it welcomes all, regardless of ethnic or religious background, as in the case of Nigeria. ‘Agba who is originally from Uzanu in Etsako East but found a home in Auchi where he had lived since he was two years old.

“Auchi Kingdom has its rich and special history and a famous innovation and enterprise of its sons and daughters brought development and fame to this kingdom and Edo State. It is remarkable and commendable that in the great Auchi kingdom, adherents of the two great religions of Nigeria, Islam and Christianity, have lived and continue to live harmoniously together for centuries, sharing a common bond as members of this community and even of the same community. biological families.

“Auchi is therefore not only the microcosm of Nigeria, but also an illustration of our most beautiful values ​​of mutuality and community.

“Our country needs men and women who see and understand that our ethnic diversities are not a point of difference, men and women who understand that all people, regardless of ethnicity and religion, deserve to be treated equally, fairly and justly and it is here that the importance of the traditional institution comes from the fact that they are rightly seen as guardians of these values ​​and embody the ideals the highest and noblest of the people,” the vice president noted.

Speaking on the minister’s personality, Osinbajo said conferring the title on Agba was well-deserved and an attestation of his many contributions to the kingdom, adding that the honor should inspire him to do more for his people and the country. . to the big one.

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“To my dear friend and brother, this award is undoubtedly an endorsement of your consistent service to the Auchi people and the nation as a whole with remarkable diligence and approach to governance, and you have made a difference as economic planner and driver of the nation’s progress.

“With this appointment, you have been appointed steward of the destiny of your community and meritoriously serve and bring further development to the people and the nation as a whole,” he advised.

Edo State Governor Goodwin Obaseki, represented by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, maintained that the era of patronage was over, assuring the vice president of state support just as he added that the vice president had also supported the state in several ways.

Also speaking, former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole praised the Otaru of Auchi for honoring Agba.

In his remark, Agba said the award was an appreciation and encouragement for him to continue providing more services to humanity.

He praised the Edo state government for continuing 10 erosion control programs across the state which he said were started when he was environment commissioner under the administration. of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Among the dignitaries present at the colorful event were the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Ms. Zainab Ahmed, her counterpart for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, Minister of State Energy, Engr Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, Accountant General of the Federation, Auditor General of the Federation, several other political figures and government officials.

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