The Nigeria Ambassador to Benin Republic, Retired Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has called on Nigerians to continue to live in peace and unity for mutual coexistence and development of Nigeria.
Buratai, also former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), made the call in Saki area of Oyo State, shortly after he was conferred with the honourary chieftaincy title of Jagumolu of Sakiland.
Also, Retired Lt.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, was conferred with the honourary title of Akinrogun of Sakiland at the ceremony.
Buratai said conferment of the traditional title on him in Saki was a sign of unity in Nigeria, adding that it must be emulated by all Nigerians, irrespective of religion or tribe.
He said that there could be likelihood of conflict, distrust and accrimony in a society or country where there was disunity.
“If there is unity, there will be unity of purpose for the development and progress of the country and the future of the country will be good.
“We must accommodate everyone from all works of lives.
“My traditional title is a sign that Nigeria is one and symbol of unity, that wherever you are coming from, you are recognised for what you have done.
“I see it as a great honour to me as a person, my family, community, which is Borno State and the Nigerian Army, where I served and retired.
“It is also to all peace loving Nigerians that are fighting for unity and peaceful coexistence of fellow Nigerians,” he said.
Buratai appreciated the Okere of Sakiland and the entire people of the community for honouring him based on what he has done for the country while in the service.
He called on Nigerians to continue to support the Nigerian Army in performing its constitutional role.
Buratai commended Col. Gbenga Adegbola, an indigene of Saki, for his loyalty and love for the people of the town.
He said that Adegbola had attracted various developmental projects, such as Command Science Secondary School, among others, which were beneficial to the town.
In his remarks, the Olowu of Owu Kuta, Oba Hameed Oyelude, said that traditional rulers would continue to counsel their subjects and foster unity as the 2023 election approaches.
Oyelude described Buratai as a highly detribalised Nigerian, saying that the title was a celebration of excellent and a show of appreciation for what he did while in the service.
Also, the Okere of Sakiland, Oba Khalid Oyedepo, said the titles were conferred on Buratai and Adeosun for their immense contributions to Sakiland and Nigeria in general.
Oyedepo called on youths to imbibe the attitude of the title s and be serious about their education, urging parents to pay attention to the education of their wards for the nation’s growth.
Dignitaries at the occasion were the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Division Nigerian Army, retired and serving top Army personnel, as well traditional rulers.