President Buhari tasks traditional rulers on peace and security

By Timothy Choji, Jos


President Muhammadu Buhari says traditional institutions have a lot to contribute towards addressing security challenges in Nigeria.

The President disclosed this on Thursday in Jos, the Plateau state capital, during a courtesy visit to the paramount ruler of the state, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba Gyang.

“We have to depend more on you traditional rulers on security. You have to preside over the leadership of people in your domains. We cannot effectively maintain peace throughout Nigeria without your cooperation.  It’s your duty because you gave to continue to do your job which is permanent, please continue to do it in spite of the problems,” he said.

The Nigerian leader used the opportunity to thank the traditional rulers for the role they have played so far in sustaining peace across the country.

President Buhari, who had earlier inaugurated some projects before paying homage on the Gbong Gwom Jos, commended the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong for executing strategic road projects in the State.

“Having known Plateau very well, I have stayed here for a couple of years where I served as the General Officer Commanding the 3 Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army. These streets that have been rehabilitated as I have seen, used to be narrow and conducive only for motorcyclists but now they are double carriage ways, very wide with good drainage. Certainly the Governor has done a good job, I have seen it and I commend him for doing so well,” he said.

He similarly praised State Governors in Nigeria for doing so well in directing the affairs of their states and   executing projects that touch the lives of citizens of their states, despite the lean resources at their disposal.

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While welcoming the President earlier, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba Gyang appealed for more federal presence in the state through the execution of more projects that will yield more dividends of democracy to citizens of the state.

He equally appealed that the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA to give more support to people displaced by the crisis that affects some part s of the state frequently.

Da Buba Gyang noted that the people of Plateau state believe in one Nigeria and peaceful coexistence as seen by the number of people from various parts of the country.

The paramount ruler added his voice to calls for the establishment of state Police, urging that if that happens, all serving Police Officers and men should be transferred to their states of origin, to mare the Police more effective.

President Buhari had earlier inaugurated road projects across the state capital, some of which include the N10.6 billion Mararraban Jama’a-British American Junction road, which was renamed Muhammadu Buhari Way, the Miango Junction-Rantya-Wild Life Park road and the Secretariat Junction flyover bridge among others.

He will on Friday inaugurate tractors under the Plateau Tractor Ownership Scheme, to boost farmers’ capacity and agricultural activities in the state, in line with the federal government’s agricultural diversification programme.

Lateefah Ibrahim