The Emir of Lafia in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Isah Mustapha-Agwai 1, says peaceful coexistence is a catalyst and necessary ingredient for development.
The monarch, therefore, urged Nigerians to embrace peace and to continue to live peacefully with one another irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliations.
He was speaking in his palace in Lafia on Wednesday when he received representatives of the Eggon Community from Lafia Local Government Area of the state.
The traditional ruler also urged Nigerians to be law abiding and to respect constituted authority in the interest of peace and speedy development of the country
“As custodians of culture and peace, it is our role to advise our subjects and other Nigerians on the need to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of our ethnic, religious and political affiliation.
“This is because peace is priceless, not negotiable and a necessary requirement for the development of any society.
“No society can achieve meaningful progress without peace.
“So we must shun all negative acts capable of breaching the peace in our country,’’ he said.
Mustapha-Agwai 1, who parents to prioritise the education of their children, described education as the best legacy parents and the government could bequeath to their children and the younger generations respectively.
He has also called on the people of the state to give maximum support to leaders at all levels to enable them to succeed in the task ahead of them.
The traditional ruler promised to include Eggon stakeholders in initiatives meant to prevent the breakdown of law and order in the state in the interest of peace and national development.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Mr Sunday Namo, had said that his team was in the royal father’s palace to show appreciation for his efforts at promoting peace throughout the state.
Namo congratulated the monarch for a safe return from medical trip abroad.
He pledged that the Eggon community in the area would continue to support the traditional institution and the state government in their quest for peace in the state.