Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday met with traditional rulers in the state of Osun on the security situation in the state.
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi led other traditional rulers in the state to the closed door meeting which held at Osun State Government House, Osogbo.
Speaking after the meeting, Osinbajo said the parley was imperative because traditional rulers were a critical part of the security architecture of the nation.
The Vice President said further that the meeting was sequel to a similar one held with state governors within the region, noting that it was with a view to finding a lasting solution to the security challenges in the region.
“We intend to understand the security architecture of the region.
“We have already had consultations with the state governors from the South West and this consultation continues.
“Particularly because we are already looking at community policing which is one of the methods of policing we have adopted.
” And I am sure you heard the IG talking about recruiting police locally from the local government areas, those who understand the language and the culture of the people.
“We are confident that all these will work to curb all the insecurity challenges on ground“, Osinbajo said.
Earlier in his opening remarks, governor of the state of Osun, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, had lauded the Federal Government’s move in working to quickly tackle security challenges in the state and the region.
He said: “On behalf of the government and people of the state, we appreciate His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for being pro-active and for showing interest in the security of our people in the state and in the South West.
“There can be no better time to demonstrate the love and support for the State of Osun than now that the State is striving to retain its profile as one of the most peaceful in the nation.”
Also speaking after the meeting, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, said the various security initiatives put in place by the Federal Government were commendable.
Oba Ogunwusi noted that the neighbourhood watch programme as well as community policing adopted by the Federal Government would go a long way in tackling the menace of insecurity in the South-West region.
Ooni said the Federal Government had also promised to increase security presence in the region and also provide aerial surveillance to monitor forests in the region.
Oba Ogunwusi said the traditional rulers were ready to partner with Federal Government to put an end to security challenges in the region and the country at large.
Governor Oyetola was represented at the meeting by his Deputy, Mr Benedict Alabi and the meeting also had in attendance heads of all security agencies in the state.