President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday visited the Akran of Badagry, De-Wheno Aholu Menutoyi, as part of a consultation tour which he embarked on last week.
Jonathan 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.
After a brief 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 President thanked the monarch and the people for the peace in the land, which he said was brought about by good leadership and assured that 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. I want to thank you for this warm reception and assure you that the glorious days of Badagry will be returned,’ Jonathan said.
The Akran said that the visit was special to him and the entire Badagry people and requested the Federal and Lagos State Government to work together and make the town a religious tourist centre, reminding the President that Badagry was the first place in the country where Christianity was preached.
He assured the President of his support and the Badagry people to the Federal Government.
Prayers were offered for the President, his administration and for the peace of the nation.
It would be recalled that the President had on Friday paid similar visits to the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi and the Oba of Lagos, Oba Riliwani Babatunde Akiolu.