In a bid to ensure security of lives and properties of both indigenes and non-indigenes in the city, His Royal Highness, Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji Akanmu Aje Ogungunniso I has played a host two northern traditional monarchs in Ibadan, Oyo state capital.

The duo of northern traditional monarchs; Alhaji Ado Bayero and Etsu Nupe were hosted by the Olubadan, where they discussed the protection of non-indigenes in their respective domains.

They also deliberated on the need for royal fathers to drive the efforts of ensuring safety of lives and property.

A palace source said the northern monarchs were in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation of residents of north’s extraction, who live in Oyo State.

It was learnt that they spent three days for the fact-finding assessment during which they held talks with their subjects, particularly those resident in Ibadan.

The source close further disclosed that the meeting was not made public because of the precarious security situation in the country.

Confirming the visit, Oba Adetunji described the visit as fruitful, adding that it has deepened the relationship between traditional rulers across the Niger.

Speaking through 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 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.”

According to the Olubadan, other royal fathers Yoruba land joined him to host his northern colleagues.

Oyo is one of the hardest-hit states by herders/farmers’ crises, leading to killings, kidnapping for ransom, especially in the Ibarapa area of the state.

At least 11 people were murdered in Igangan, a border community in Ibarapa on June 5.

Members of the community accused the evicted Seriki Fulani Saliu Abdulkadri of sponsoring the deadly attack. But he has since denied it.

A recent leadership crisis at Sasa Market in Ibadan, also assumed ethnic dimension, forcing some northern leaders and Governor Seyi Makinde to wade in to prevent a full scale ethnic hostilities.

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