The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji hosted the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero and the Etsu of Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar to discuss the protection of non-indigenes living among their subjects and also to discuss how the monarchs could best ensure the security of lives and property in their domains.
A source in the Olubadan’s palace said that the northern rulers were in Ibadan to assess the situation of northern non-indigenes living in Oyo state. The source also shared that the monarchs spent three days in Ibadan holding talks with their subjects there.
The source explained why the trip was not made public beforehand, citing the precarious security situation of the country right now.
The Olubadan, Oba Adetunji confirmed the visit and described it as fruitful. He also added that the relationship between him and the Northern monarchs has been improved by the visit.
In a statement released by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Adeola Oloko, the Olubadan said: “During their visit, the two traditional rulers realised that average Nigerians have no problem with one another. They saw that their indigenes are happy here and that they are living in peace in their communities. In the end, they concluded that the crises are mainly being promoted by the political elite who benefit from it.”
“They concluded that politicians are those highlighting differences of citizens to promote division in the country.”
“The Emir of Kano was particularly happy as he recalled the days when his father used to bring him to Ibadan during the time he served as the Chancellor of the University of Ibadan for 21 years. He said the relationship between Kano and Ibadan is very long.”
“Simply put, their visit was to seek peace and progress. The meeting was fruitful and our discussions on security issues produced better understanding and cooperation. It deepened the relationship between traditional rulers in a nation divided by party politics.”
Oba Adetunji also revealed that other Yoruba rulers joined him to host their northern visitors.