|Sultan of Sokoto|
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar on today asked traditional rulers in the country to stay away from partisan politica in order to preserve their dignity.
The Sultan who was in Oyo on a twin-visit of solidarity and sympathy to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi however added a caveat which is that monarchs can support their friends in politics but should not do it brazenly.
He noted that the dignity of the traditional institution is lost once a ruler put his two eyes and mind in partisan politics.
According to him, politicians would come and go but the traditional institutions remain the same.
He stressed the need for bilateral visits among traditional rulers in order to strenghten the cord of brotherhood existing among them.
"For those in leadership position, there must be justice. It is the bedrock for any development. Electoral victory should not be the end of politicians contact to the people.
The Sultan urged the Alaafin to regard the January 8, 2013 fire disaster that ravaged part of the Oyo palace as the will of Allah and a divine blessing in disguise
In his response, the Alaafin stresses the need for monarch to rule administer their subjects with jufstice and fairness.