The Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, on Wednesday, stated that security agencies must collaborate with the traditional rulers, to sensitize and encourage their subjects to provide the needed intelligence and expose criminals.
This according to him, is the best way to overcome the menace of insecurity facing the country.
Oyetola made the statement at the National Summit on Security and Insecurity in Nigeria: ‘The Role of Traditional institutions’, held at Ulli Beier Hall, Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU), Osogbo, Osun State.
He said, “Osun State holds traditional rulers in high esteem as the embodiments and custodians of our culture, tradition and our Omoluabi ethos which make us tick.”
In the quest to enthrone peace in the society, he noted that traditional rulers occupy vintage position due to their closeness to the grassroots. He also urged security agents and other stakeholders to partner with them to achieve the desired result in the fight against insecurity.
It was gathered that the Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III and his counterpart, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria respectively, asked the government and the citizens to show commitment to peace and unity of the Nigerian state.
Meanwhile, the Ooni, during his speech, said the situation in the society required good leadership and commitment as the panacea for ensuring sustainable peace in the country.
Hence, he expressed the readiness of the traditional rulers to partner with the government in strengthening security in the country, so as to build a united Nigeria.
Also joining in the support for the establishment of the Operation Amotekun, the monarch said its formation was not an attempt by governors in the zone to secede, but an initiative to combat insecurity and secure lives and property of the people.
He, however, noted that more creative and fresh strategies must be applied to stem the tide of insecurity.
The Sultan, in his remark, said the leadership must do the needful if the country is to win the war against terrorism, banditry and kidnapping and instil peace and stability in the country.
He encouraged Nigerians to speak the truth and be prepared to stand by the truth at all times not minding the consequences as a sacrifice to enjoy a better society.