Gombe — The Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, said the Yorubas have been living peacefully with other tribes in Gombe for the last 100 years.
The emir was speaking at his palace when the Council of Obas from the 19 Northern states and the FCT, paid him a courtesy visit after the 17th quarterly meetings of the Obas, held in the palace of Oba Yoruba of Gombe, Alhajo Abdulrahim Jimoh Hassan Alao.
Emir Abubakar III said the Yorubas have been living in Gombe since the reign of Emir Haruna Umaru, who ruled Gombe from 1922 to 1935.
He commended them and their leaders for the peaceful co-existence with other tribes in the state.
The Chairman of the Yoruba Association and also the Oba Yoruba of Borno State, Alhaji Hassan Alao, said they were at the emir's palace to seek his royal blessings.
He also said they were loyal to the emirate, which informed their decision to seek his royal blessings and pledged to continue to cooperate with the emirate.
In a chat with North East Trust, Secretary General of the association, Dr Alani Kolawale Adeyemi, distance themselves from one Ambassador Mohammad Arigbabuwo, who paraded himself as Chairman of Council of Yoruba Obas in the 19 northern states and FCT, when he visited Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Dr Alani said Arigbabuwo, who lives in Kaduna, was a politician seeking political relevance and not known to their association; "let alone being the chairman of Yoruba Obas in the nineteen states and FCT."