Why I adopted Igbo/South-south chil­dren – Emir of Dutse

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­lahi Anako,Dutse

The Emir of Dutse, Al­haji Muham­madu Nuhu Sanusi, yes­ter­day re­vealed that he adopted Igbo/ South -south chil­dren long ago be­cause of his be­lief in the unity and progress of Nigeria.

The emir spoke when the Na­tional Chair­man of the PDP, Al­haji Adamu Muazu and the Chair­man of the PDP Gov­er­nors’ Fo­rum, God­swill Ak­pabio, led 13 PDP gov­er­nors to his palace on a cour­tesy visit.

“I am overwhelmed by the pres­ence of these high per­son­al­i­ties in my palace and I am hon­oured by this visit. We must not lose sight of the chal­lenges fac­ing us as a na­tion. There are lots of di­vi­sive ten­den­cies now in Nigeria but we must try and em­pha­size what unites us. Four­teen years ago I adopted Igbo and South-south chil­dren in this palace. I have been train­ing them since then. Some of them are in uni­ver­si­ties while oth­ers are in sec­ondary schools. They are now part of the palace. I did that be­cause I strongly be­lieve in the unity of Nigeria”, he said.

He de­scribed un­em­ploy­ment as the great­est threat to peace and se­cu­rity, adding that the NYSC should be con­verted to skills ac­qui­si­tion train­ing so that grad­u­ate would be­come em­pow­ered and self re­liant. The emir urged the govern­ment to part­ner with tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tions to ar­rest the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try, adding that the peace in Ji­gawa is as a re­sult of such col­lab­o­ra­tion.

In his re­marks, the PDP chair­man said they were at the palace to thank the emir and the en­tire tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tion for the sup­port given to the Ji­gawa State gover­nor to suc­ceed, adding that they need such sup­port to en­sure a PDP vic­tory in 2015. Ak­pabio on his part thanked the emir for the won­der­ful re­cep­tion, adding that the tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tion is a sta­bi­liz­ing fac­tor in Nigeria.

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