The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, has reaffirmed the value of the traditional institutions in the country.
Shettima made the revelation when he received a delegation led by the Chairman of the Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, retired Justice Sidi Bage I, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
He commended the traditional rulers, the government and people of the state for their love and support to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu during the last electioneering campaign.
”You are the custodians of our rich cultural heritage, the people listen to you more than us because you are the closest to the people. We appreciate you and value you because you are our link to the past.”
”If we productively utilize our solid minerals, Nasarawa can be to the North what Lagos is to the South-West and can be the engine room in this region because of its proximity to the FCT; opportunities abound more in Nasarawa State,” he asserted.
He advised the people of the state to be peaceful in order to develop, adding that Nasarawa is home to all the solid minerals in the country.
In an interview with Journalists, Bage, said the aim of the visit was to reiterate the support of the people of Nasarawa to President Tinubu’s administration.
”We are here today on a courtesy visit to the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, by extension, we are here on a courtesy visit to this administration.
”This administration is our friend. It’s a friend of Nasarawa, it’s a friend of our people and added to it both Mr President and the Vice President all of them are our own.
”They know how close they are to Nasarawa State and since the assumption of office, we’ve not had the opportunity of coming around physically to and congratulate them that’s why we’re here today.
”It’s not very easy to see Mr President at his desk, but it could be slightly easier to see the Vice President at his desk.
”That’s why we booked the appointment first, to see the vice president at his desk, congratulate him and give him all our assurances that our people are with this administration.