By Rita Iliya
Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has lauded the Etsu Nupe and Chairman Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, as he marks his 69th birthday and 18th anniversary as the 13th Etsu Nupe.
The Governor in a congratulatory message by Mary Noel-Berje, his spokesperson, described the Etsu Nupe as a true, loving, courageous and peaceful leader as well as a bridge-builder.
He said Abubakar’s contributions to unity, peaceful coexistence and development of the society is reckoned with in the State, Nigeria and beyond.
Bello, who said Etsu Nupe is a gift from God to humanity, noted that the 18 years reign of the traditional ruler have impacted positively on his subjects.
He explaining that the Etsu Nupe has instilled patriotism and understanding among the people of his domain through his widespread consultations and reach, as well as promote the cultural values of the Nupe speaking people.
The Governor also acknowledged the fatherly role of the emir and his wise counsel, saying it has continued to inspire individuals, Government and non governmental organisations especially as it affects decision making and policy formulations aimed at promoting good governance.
“The reign of Etsu Nupe in the last 18 years have brought about harmonious coexistence and promoted the rich cultural heritage of the Nupe Kingdom. You are no doubt a gift to the society.
“I celebrate you and all that you represent on the throne. May your reign be long”, he said.
Bello also prayed God to grant the celebrant good health and more wisdom as he continues to deliver efficient and rewarding leadership to his subjects.