The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar III, yesterday asked traditional rulers in the country to stay away from partisan politics in order to preserve their dignity.
The Sultan,v who was in Oyo on a twin-visit of solidarity and sympathy to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, however added a caveat which is that the monarchs can support their friends in politics but should not do it brazenly.
"Once you put your two eyes and mind in partisan politics, we lose respect. Government believes in us and in the traditional institution and that is the reason we have to be apolitical," he said.
According to him, "politicians would come and go but the traditional institutions remain the same."
He stressed the need for bilateral visits among traditional rulers in order to strengthen the cord of brotherhood existing between them.
"It is left for us to strengthen the ties existing between us by being good leaders."
Abubakar reminded public office holders to be just and fair in the distribution of the dividends of democracy.
"For those in leadership position, there must be justice. It is the bedrock for any development. Electoral victory should not be the end of politicians contract to the people.
The Sultan urged the Alaafin to regard the January 8, 2013 fire disaster that ravaged part of the Oyo palace as the will of Allah and a divine blessing in disguise
In his response, the Alaafin stressed the need for monarch to rule administer their subjects with justice and fairness.