Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, on Thursday paid glowing tributes to the visiting Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson, describing him as a leader destined by God to rule.
The monarch, who received Dickson in his palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State, said the governor remained an epitome of humility, good leadership and positive virtues.
The Ooni, who said these during a courtesy call on him by Dickson in his palace at Ile-Ife, also looked forward to the day all politicians would come together, irrespective of their political differences, to preach on how to stop politics of bitterness.
He said: “I’m always happy that you are always honouring me. Little things matter a lot. May God Almighty continue to honour you. You have a very intimidating structure, your style of leadership is exemplary. I appreciate your humility and sense of leadership.
“You are a born leader, God has ordained you to be a leader. It is a great honour to have you here in Ife. This is your home and you’re back in your home. You’re a part of us and we are happy that you are back home.”
While calling for peace among the political actors, Oba Ogunwusi said since Nigeria belongs to everybody, the citizens should strive towards making the country a better place.
He said: “Nigeria is ours and we don’t have another country of our own. The spirit of our ancestors will continue to be with you (Dickson); I look forward to a day that the different political parties will come together and stop politics of bitterness. I’m always imploring all our leaders to know that Nigeria is bigger than everybody.”
Earlier, Dickson expressed appreciation for the love and interest the monarch had for him, the government and my people of Bayelsa State.
He said: “We are proud for the leadership you have given to our people since your ascension to the throne. I thank you for expanding the ascension of my people.
“I’ve been invited to speak on the burning issue, including the need for the restructuring of Nigeria, at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. We are here to pay homage to you as the representative of our people. I’ve been observing the dept of the tradition of our people.”
The governor was invited to speak on the topic: “Restructuring and the Search for a Productive Nigeria,” as a Distinguished Guest Lecturer of the Faculty of Arts in OAU Ile-Ife.
He added: “I hope to be in the university to give an input on the need for the restructuring of Nigeria to ensure a safe country. We have to restructure our nation to ensure a great country. I want t say that I know that at all times the doors of this palace are opened for me.”