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Alaafin meets Buhari, laments attacks on oil facilities

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President Muhammadu Buhari (left) and  Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, at State House, Abuja …yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

President Muhammadu Buhari (left) and  Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, at State House, Abuja …yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, yesterday, held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting, the traditional ruler said he was at the seat of power to offer advice on the socio- economic and political problems confronting the country.

He lamented the loss of resources to militancy and other criminal activities in various parts of the country.

He said he was in the Villa on the invitation of the President, as a follow up to the memorandum he had sent to the Presidency on various problems confronting the country in the past.

He said: “As a Nigerian and one of the key traditional rulers in the country, over time, I sent a memorandum to the President which he acknowledged. And he asked me to come and endorse those things I have written. I think it is time for me to use the proper channel to reach the President for suggestions and advice. Where he deserves commendation, I should also do that.

“I have met with him and offered some suggestions. We are losing huge resources to the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers, (NDA). Coming close to that is the infiltration by the militants in Lagos, particularly in Ikorodu, where, in the last three weeks, 10 landlords were massacred.

“The Federal Government has since sent forces there to wipe them out.

Normalcy has since returned to Ikorodu and Arepo areas. If they had successfully spread their activities to the South West, there would have been more destruction. Lagos is the economic heartbeat of the nation.”


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