Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has urged Nigerians to use the forthcoming presidential election as a platform to elect a credible, trusted and quality president.
His Imperial Majesty made this known on Friday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and the representatives of traditional rulers from the South West at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Ooni, who said that Nigeria is greater than the president whose maximum tenure is eight years, called on the people not to be lured by the cash or gift items that would be offered to them by some politicians.
“Election is so close by and obviously tension will build. What is critical is for us to know that Nigeria is greater than all of us. No matter the amount of money they will promise the youths to disrupt and to destabilise the country, they should know that they are making history for themselves.
“They will come and they will go but Nigeria will remain. We, the traditional rulers who are very fortunate to still be alive, have experienced many presidents, many governors. A president cannot use more than eight years; that is in the constitution of Nigeria. So Nigeria is greater than the president whose maximum tenure is eight years.
“So, our message to everyone in Nigeria is that please… especially Nigerian youths, go and vote for whoever you want to vote for. Mr. President even said it himself; it is not a do-or-die. Whatever you want to use the power of your thumb for, go ahead and do it.
“We are not here for politics. We are fathers to all, very close to our people; the only politics we understand is politics of development. We are here to talk about development for our people in all the states of the south-western Nigeria.
“We are here to point out the good things Mr. President has been doing especially the cordial relationship with the Vice President who is from the south western part of the country.
“We are here to further request from Mr. President, good things that we want for our various states. When someone is doing good, you will first of all appreciate the good things before asking for more.
“What is critical for us here is to champion development for our people. We spoke about the inclusion of youths in the current government and also women inclusion. In terms of demography of vote pattern, we know that everything rests on the shoulders of Nigerian youths, we want to see them in this cabinet.”