Cyril Mbah, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to embark on nationwide consultations to meet with leading traditional rulers across the country to restore peace and effective maintenance of law and order.
Laolu Akande, senior special assistant to Vice President Osinbajo, in a statement at the weekend, explained that the consultations was part of the determination by President Buhari to develop and reinforce effective strategies towards addressing security concerns in the country
Akande said that Professor Osinbajo dropped the hint in Ogun state at the first leg of the wide consultations with key traditional rulers across the country. He said that the vice president noted that the consultations would be done with traditional rulers across the country to ensure peace and security in their communities.
While answering questions from reporters after separate meetings with the Akarigbo of Remoland and the Awujale of Ijebuland, the vice president said: “As you know, there are many significant concerns all over the country; and, of course, there are concerns also in the South West. So, I’m here on the instruction of Mr. President to consult with the Kabiyesi, Governor Dapo Abiodun and other stakeholders on what to do to beef up security and to generally improve the security architecture.”
Laolu Akande said that after meeting with the Awujale, the vice president said: “of course, you know that the Kabiyesi is not just the traditional ruler, but also a very important part of the government. That’s why we are here to speak with him and to agree on a few modalities for beefing up security.
“We would also ensure that we are fully conscious of all that is going on around us, and just to be sure that peace and security reigns here and across the country. There are some who might want to cause instability and difficulties, but we are very confident that, God helping us, working together as a nation, we will be able to overcome all our problems and set our country on the path of peace and prosperity.”
Akande also quoted the vice president as saying that the federal government, in collaboration with state governments, had taken significant steps to improve security, before deciding on further consultations with the traditional rulers.
On the nationwide consultation with traditional rulers to improve security in their respective communities, the vice president said: “we are consulting with many of the traditional rulers across the country. But there are concerns in the South West. I’ve started here in Ogun.
“We are also going to be in Osun state on Tuesday. We are also going to go around and see several other traditional rulers. Primarily, they themselves want to participate. We’ve spoken at various times and they want to participate in improving the security architecture.
“One of the things that Mr. President has spoken about is the role of traditional rulers in maintaining peace and security in their own locality. As you know, they are the closest to the grassroots, to their communities.
“One of the critical things that we expect is that, even with our community policing efforts; we expect that there would be some intervention between the traditional rulers, the community police and some of the other efforts that they are making to improve intelligence to understand what is going on.
“We need to know who is where and what exactly is happening all around, so that these can then be transmitted to the security agencies.”
Cyril Mbah, Abuja