Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, on Saturday, called on traditional leaders to tolerate indigenes of other parts of the country living in their domain.
The monarch made the call while conferring a chieftaincy title of ‘Yeye Otunba’ of Iwoland on Mrs Asmau Atanda. a granddaughter to the former Emir of Kano, Sir, Muhammadu Sanusi I.
Oba Akanbi had in December 2020, conferred the Otunba of Iwoland on Asmau’s husband, Alhaji Sikiru Wahab Atanda.
Speaking during the ceremony held within the palace premises, Oluwo appealed to traditional leaders to lead by example and show love to people, especially non-indigenes living in their domain.
He said, “They (traditional rulers) must lead by example and show love to everyone regardless of where they come from and this is what we are doing.
“The beauty of this country is our diverse culture and ethnicity and we still come together. We are taking a big step because this is what the foundation of Nigeria is built on. Traditional leaders should adopt every citizen living in their land as their own. They should not discriminate. When traditional leaders do that in this country, the love will not be lost.
“Like I always say, I am the Oba, Emir, Igwe and Eze, for all the people living in Iwo town because we have people from the northern and eastern parts of the country residing here. I am bringing back our heritage and I want us to know that a town is not made up of itself. Some migrants should be accommodated at all times.
“Today, the culture of the Yorubas is travelling to the north. There are many northerners here and they have witnessed how we do our things here.”