Two paramount rulers of the South-Western part of Nigeria have held closed-door meetings with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on the salient security issues that have recently challenged the region.
The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, was also present at these meetings with the kings whose kingdoms are in the state. The first meeting was held with the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, at his Ijebu-Ode residence, before proceeding to Sagamu to meet with the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi.
It was reported that the discussions were held in the command of the president as a preceding step towards battling the recurring security issues faced in the South Western communities.
It was also gathered that these meetings were instructed by President Muhammadu Buhari for the purpose of consulting monarchs nationwide in order to generate solutions to the persistent banditry, abduction and manslaughter that have been occurring between local community farmers and herders.
Earlier, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, had met with President Buhari in Abuja, to have a cautionary discussion about the incessant killings conducted by herdsmen, emphasising that it could lead to tribal and national conflict.
Oba Adeyeye also stated that the people of the South West are not interested in conflict as they only seek governmental protection of their lives and properties.
Prof. Osinbajo informed newsmen that the federal government intends to use the information garnered from the rulers to ensure that the peace of the South-West and the nation at large is not further disrupted.
He also mentioned that the traditional rulers of other regions will be consulted adequately in order to completely tackle the menace of insecurity.