Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Saturday conferred with the Akarigbo of Remoland, Babatunde Ajayi, as well as other Ogun state monarchs over the security challenges in the country.
The VP who was accompanied by Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, also met with the Awujale of Ijebu Kingdom, Oba Sikiru Adetona, all in Ogun State.
While fielding questions from journalists after the meeting, Osinbajo stated that the consultation was on the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“As you know, there are many significant security concerns all over the country, and there are concerns also in the South West.
“So, I’m here on the instruction of the president to consult with the traditional ruler, the governor and others on what to do to beef up security and to generally improve the security architecture.
“Of course, you know that Kabieyesi is not just a traditional ruler but a very important part of the government.
“So, that is why we are here; to talk to him and agree on few modalities for beefing up security, for ensuring that we are fully conscious of all that is going on, just to be sure that peace and security reign here and across the country.
“I think for all of us, the most important thing to realise is that we are one Nigeria; we are one country; we need to work together to ensure that the country is peaceful, secure and happy for all of us, ” he said.
Osinbajo, however, said that some people were working against the interest of the country by attempting to cause instability.
He expressed optimism that Nigeria would overcome all its problems and set itself on the part of peace and prosperity.
The vice president, in company with the Ogun governor, also proceeded to Ijebu Ode where he had a private meeting with Adetona.
Speaking with newsmen afterwards, Osinbajo said that the Awujale was one of the most important voices in the South West.
He said his discussion with Adetona was on the important steps to take in order to improve the security architecture generally.
According to him, the monarch has given a lot of insight on what needs to be done and how to go about it and what has been done already.
“But very important is his commitment to ensuring that there is peace and security and that everybody lives in peace with one another and that we maintain the highest level of security.
“We are consulting with many of the traditional rulers across the country but there are concerns in the South West now.
“We are going around; I will be in Osun on Tuesday; we are going to go round to see the Alake, the Ooni and other traditional rulers and primarily, they themselves want to participate in improving the security architecture”.
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