The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has called on aggrieved royal families in Kano State to join hands with the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Mohammed Sanusi II, to end insurgency and restore peace in the North.
The monarch made the call in Lagos when the Emir of Kano paid a courtesy visit to his palace. The visit was Sanusi II’s first official visit to Lagos since he assumed the throne on Sunday, June 8.
It was learnt that as soon as news of the emir’s visit filtered into town, Islamic faithful and Hausa youths stormed the palace of the Oba of Lagos to welcome him.
Oba Akiolu, who urged Sanusi II to support the Federal Government in restoring peace and promoting development in Kano State, said the visit was remarkable because Lagos had always been a home to all tribes of people.
The monarch described the emergence of Sanusi as emir to an act of God, adding that it was important that aggrieved families forget the past and await their turn.
He said, “Kano and Lagos share a strong affinity, not only economically, but historically. I have always told my sons that after my tenure as the Oba of Lagos, none of them should expect to be crowned the Oba of Lagos. This is because our family is not the only family that is entitled to the throne.
“Let me appeal to our brothers in the North to accept the new Emir to move the state forward. I can assure you that Sanusi would not support or encourage Boko Haram. This is why I want to call on the aggrieved royal families in Kano State to sheath their sword and forget the past”.
In his remarks, Emir Sanusi appreciated the Oba of Lagos for his support and reception, adding that he had always looked forward to coming to Lagos because of the historical and economic relationship between the two cities.
“Lagos and Kano have very strong relationships that have lasted for many years. I want to assure you that I will use my office to maintain that friendship in order to advance the interests of the two states”.
Also speaking at the event, the Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Ademorin Kuye, said the visit had further strengthened the economic ties between the two states, adding that those wishing to transact businesses in both states could be rest assured that there was no cause for alarm.