The Executive Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Wednesday joined leading traditional rulers, like Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar, in calling for a holistic approach to end security challenges in the country.
Oyetola made the call at the National Summit on Security and Insecurity in Nigeria attended in Osogbo, urging Nigerians, particularly the stakeholders and security agencies, to partner with the traditional rulers in the fight against the scourge.
The governor said for the country to overcome the menace, security agencies must collaborate with the traditional rulers, sensitise and encourage their subjects to provide intelligence and expose the criminals in their domains.
In his remarks, Oba Ogunwusi, expressed the readiness of the traditional rulers to partner with government in strengthening security in the country, just as he reiterated the commitment of monarchs to ensuring a united Nigeria.
Ooni, who described the security of lives and property as fundamental to existence, advocated the need for government to return security matters to traditional rulers for effective and efficient policing at the grassroots.
Oba Ogunwusi called for good leadership and committed followership as a panacea for ensuring sustainable peace in the country.
On his part, Alhaji Abubakar, called on Nigerian leaders to do the needful in maintaining peace and stability in the country.
The Sultan canvassed peaceful coexistence among Nigerians just as he expressed readiness to continue to partner with the government to enhance security in the country.
The monarch, who advocated good governance and justice as a panacea for national security, urged the citizens to rise to the occasion and speak up with one voice in all honesty and fear of God to ensure permanent peace in Nigeria.
He also called for the proper upbringing of the young ones, saying the gesture would go a long way to prevent vices in society.
The Sultan maintained that the time had come for all to follow the path that would continue to promote peace, unity, and tranquility, particularly in the wake of the dire security situation in the country.
Other traditional rulers at the event included Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran; Osemawe of Ondo, Oba Adenrele Kiladejo; Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin; Obasaaju of Oweland, Kabba, Obasaju Kehinde.