President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, paid a private visit to the Akran of Badagry, De-Wheno Aholu Menutoyi.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the President arrived at the palace of the monarch in Badagry, Lagos State, at about 10.35 a.m. and was received by the Akran and the Chiefs in Council.

Welcoming the President to the palace, the Chiefs in Council poured libation, using water, alligator pepper and wine.

They also offered prayers for the President, his administration and for the peace of the nation.

After the welcome ceremony, the Akran and the President retired to an inner room in the palace, where they held private discussions for about 35 minutes.

After the closed door meeting, the Akran said that the visit, though private, was special to him and the entire Badagry people.

He told the President that Badagry was the first place in the country where Christianity was preached.

The monarch requested the Federal and Lagos State Government to work together and make the town a religious tourist centre.

He assured the President of his support and the Badagry people to the Federal Government.

The President thanked the monarch and the people for the peace in the land, which he said was brought about by good leadership.

He also assured that the government would do its best to return and preserve the glorious day of Badagry.

“I want to thank you all for the support you have given to the government and for the peace in Badagry.

“We do not get disturbing stories from Badagry and this is not brought about by chance but his Majesty, his cabinet and all senior Badagry people.

“Also, for the PDP members who have come out to receive us, we thank you most sincerely.  I want to thank you for this warm reception and assure you that the glorious days of Badagry will be returned.’’

It would be recalled that the President had on Friday paid similar visits to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan


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