President Muhammadu Buhari has called on leaders in the country to rid the nation of divisiveness.
He made the call Saturday in Bichi, Kano State, in an address to the Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero, and his people, at his inaugural ceremony read on his behalf by his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.
The President said the prevailing circumstances of the nation imposed a demand on leaders to “display their qualities and work earnestly for continued peace and unity.”
The President said, “Your turbanning (installation) at a providential time like this in the history of our country when the prevailing social and socioeconomic conditions have created an opportunity for emerging leaders to display their qualities and work earnestly for continued peace and unity.
‘‘Your father, my friend the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, was a symbol of unity, not only within his Kingdom but also within Northern Nigeria and the whole country.”
Buhari, while going down the memory lane, said: “When we remember Ado Bayero, we remember unity, we remember simplicity and good leadership, a leader who devoted his life to unify the nation.
“I remember with nostalgia, the passion and commitment he always exhibited in the pursuit of anything he believed in, a distinctive character that almost cost him his life prematurely on 19th January, 2013 because of his vociferous stand against the Boko Haram terrorists.”
He expressed optimism that the new Emir will exhibit similar qualities and “even much more, as he has begun to exhibit” within the few months of his reign.
The leader of the Presidential delegation, Professor Gambari, who is an uncle of the Emir, Nasiru Ado Bayero, from his mother’s side, reaffirmed his loyalty and affinity to the Emir.
Other members of the Presidential delegation were the Ministers of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd); Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono; Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Hussein Adamu, as well as the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu.