President Muhammadu Buhari has called on traditional monarchs in the South-West to collaborate with the Federal Government in its efforts to tackle the security menace currently plaguing the zone and other parts of the country.
Buhari who made this advocacy call while addressing Obas from the South-West said the consultation meeting with the monarchs is necessary because of their proximity to the people at the grassroot level.
According to him, “I want to consult with you our royal fathers, so that together we can proffer solutions to the lingering security problems in the South-West and other parts of the country. We are indeed aware there are significant security concerns in the South-West.
“These consultations are important because traditional rulers form a critical part of governance structures, especially in their respective communities, where they feel the pulse of the people being the closest to the populace at the grassroots level.
“As a government, at all times, we need your active collaboration as we continue to deal with crimes of kidnapping, banditry and other forms of unlawful and criminal attacks resulting in needless deaths and causing fear among our people.”
Buhari mentioned that traditional rulers should be able to observe entrants into the community by requesting leaders of such ethnic groups to notify the traditional authorities of new intakes, thereby creating the opportunities for the gathering of actionable intelligence which tracks such movements in and out of communities thereby offering early warning signals.
The President reassured that his administration is committed to providing a secure environment for all Nigerians where ever they choose to live and also protect our communities from all forms of crimes.