Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, (Ojaja II), on Thursday said Governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson was an epitome of humility, good leadership and positive virtues.
The Ooni spoke during a courtesy call on him by Dickson in his palace at Ile-Ife.
The monarch said he 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.
“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 the 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 in 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.
“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.”