By Kunle Adedoyin
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday met with prominent traditional rulers in Ogun State over the high level of insecurity in the south-west, stating that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed him to embark on the consultation in order to significantly improve security in local communities.
Professor Osinbajo at a meeting with Oba Sikiru Adetona, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, the Akarigbo of Remoland, Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State and other stakeholders said the Federal Government, in collaboration with state governments, has taken significant steps to improve security, while there would be further consultations with the traditional rulers.
“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 Kayibesi, Governor Dapo Abiodun and other stakeholders on what to do to beef up security, and to generally improve the security architecture,” Osinbajo 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, ensuring 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.”
The meeting held one week after Funke Olakurin, daughter of Reuben Fasoranti, an Afenifere leader, was murdered.
Osinbajo said he is kick-starting the nationwide consultations with traditional rulers to improve security in their respective communities from Ogun State.
“We are consulting with many of the traditional rulers all 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 round 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. And one of the critical things that we expect is that even with our community policing efforts; we expect that there would be some interventions 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.”