By Mohammed Baba Busu
The Etsu Nupe and Chairman Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, says disunity among the Nupes at home and in The Diaspora will not be tolerated.
The traditional ruler has also admonished them to make meaningful investments in Nupe kingdom with the view to boosting the development of the area, Niger State and Nigeria in general.
The Etsu Nupe spoke when he received some notable sons of the Emirate who recently bagged traditional title on a “thank-you” visit to his Wadata Palace in Bida, Niger, on Monday.
According to him, disunity is a retrogressive force against the efforts to ensure the even socio economic and political development of the Kin Nupe, Niger State and Nigeria at large.
He, therefore, admonished all Nupes across the world to always love one another for peace, unity and progress to thrive.
Alhaji Abubakar also challenged wealthy sons of the emirate, especially those in The Diaspora, to return home and establish industries in the kingdom.
He said such would facilitate the socio-economic development of Kin Nupe.
The Royal father further noted that making investments and establishing industries would greatly help in reducing the rising unemployment rates and biting poverty in the country.
Similarly, Etsu Nupe attributed most of the problems affecting Nigeria, including insecurity, to youth’s restiveness occasioned by unemployment and poverty.
Alhaji Abubakar said traditional institutions would always honour those who contributed to the development of Nupe Kingdom, the state, country and humanity.
“Those that are given traditional titles are people of proven integrity who show concern to the development and socio-economic well-being of the emirate.”
He said the honour was to encourage others to live exemplary lives, in any position, for the general good of the country.
The traditional ruler also commended his subjects for living in harmony with one another and urged them to sustain the peaceful co-existence among the people
He also commended people in the kingdom for their support to his peace agenda, adding that peace was a basic ingredient for development.
The king said peace being enjoyed in area was due to people’s resolve to live in peace, harmony with one another and urged them to sustain the good understanding.
The royal father urged Nupes to shun acts capable of tarnishing the image of the area.
Responding on behalf of the new title holders, retired AIG Umar Abubakar-Manko, a former “Wucinbe Nupe”, newly elevated to “Giyan Nupe”, promised that they would not fail the Etsu Nupe, Bida Emirate and Niger State in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Giyan Nupe commended the Etsu Nupe for bestowing the honour on them.
He also promised that they would do everything humanly possible to bolster the development of Nupe kingdom, Niger state and Nigeria as a whole.