The Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Kalu, has urged traditional rulers in the country to use their exalted positions to advocate peace and unity among the various tribes and ethnic nationalities.
Kalu, a former governor of Abia Stated made the appeal in a statement he issued in Abuja to congratulate the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, on his 15th Coronation Anniversary.
He applauded the leadership style of the Sultan who is also the President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
He described the monarch as a highly detrabilised statesman with passion for growth and progress of Nigeria.
Kalu, therefore, urged leaders at all levels of government to emulate the legacies of the Sultan.
The former governor said, “Traditional rulers in Nigeria should use their platforms to advocate peace and unity.
“Nigeria’s multi-religious nature should not be seen as an opportunity to polarise the country.”
“The Sultan is a respected statesman beyond the shores of Nigeria owing to his contributions to nation building through various platforms.
“As a leading traditional ruler, the Sultan has consistently demonstrated his passion for the sustenance of peace and harmony among Nigerians.
“Under his watch, the city of Sokoto has witnessed tremendous development.
“The Sultan deserves to be celebrated for his giant accomplishments in various positions locally and internationally”