Nigerians have been urged to work towards the indivisibility of the country by forming bonds of unity by contributing selflessly to the socio economic development of the country any where they find themselves.
The Maigari of Lokoja, Alhaji Muhammed Kabir Maikarfi III, OON, and Chairman, Lokoja LGA Traditional Council, gave the charge on Wednesday at the Turbanning Ceremony of Alhaji Zakari Ahmadu Dangana (ONOGIE) as the Shugaban Afemai Lokoja held in his palace.
The traditional ruler extolled the qualities of Alhaji Dangana whose life and 62 years sojourn in the ancient city, he noted, has been impactful to Lokoja.
He urged other Nigerian’s from all works of life to strive to build bonds of unity and togetherness, insisting that the country’s potentials with its diversity remains an envy if sustained.
The monarch lauded the Afemai community living in Lokoja, noting that it would be difficult writing the history of Lokoja without mentioning the place of the Kukurukus (Afemai), to the present day contributions of Lokoja in all fields of endeavors like education, health and other areas of socio economic development.
He described Alhaji Dangana as a perfect gentleman, who contributed to building bridges of unity between the Afemai community and the people of Lokoja. He lauded his qualities of ensuring that his contribution to socio economic development was not limited by ethnic, religious and other barriers.
He charged the new Shugaban Afemai to continue in his stead of selfless service to humanity, pointing out that his positive impact in Lokoja informed his turbanning.
In a remarks, the Shugaban Afemai (Onogie) Lokoja, described the recognition as an umbrella to foster unity and to propel socio economic development by the Afemai Community living in Lokoja.
He described his stay in Lokoja as rewarding and remarkable, adding that Lokoja is a place with limitless opportunities for Nigerians.
He lauded the recognition done to him and the Afemai Community by the Maigarin Lokoja, describing him as a bridge builder and one who encourages and provides the right environment and protection for people residing in the area.
The Shugaban Afemai promised to redouble his efforts and that of his people towards attracting socio economic development to the area, and assured of the support and cooperation of the Afemai Community living in Lokoja to the people and government of Kogi State.