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Makinde, Alaafin, Olubadan chart ways to end insecurity

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Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III (left); Chief of Staff to Oyo State Governor, Bisi Ilaka; Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan; Governor Seyi Makinde and Speaker, House of Assembly, Debo Ogundoyin, during a security meeting with traditional rulers and security agencies in Ibadan… yesterday. PHOTO: NAJEEM RAHEEM<br />

Say defective constitution, cause of menace

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, and the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, yesterday, proffered steps to overcome banditry, kidnapping, insurgency, and other forms of security challenges besetting the country.

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They spoke at the security meeting held by Makinde with traditional rulers across the 33 local councils of the state at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

Also in attendance were former Governor Rashidi Ladoja; Deputy Governor Rauf Olaniyan; Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin; Garrison Commander, 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, Brig.-Gen. Adesoji Ogunsugba; Commissioner of Police in the state, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, as well as the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, represented by Oba Oyetunji Ojo and a host of other traditional leaders.

According to them, defects in the operation of the Constitution of Nigeria are the causes of insecurity threatening the corporate existence of the nation.

They warned that without the approval of state police by the Federal Government, the country would only be running in a circle and no appreciable progress would be made in the fight against security challenges.

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The monarchs maintained that the operation of the Constitution ought to reflect the true federal nature of the country, expressing optimism that the governors would be rightly positioned to decisively tackle peculiar insecurity cases in their respective states if the Federal Government approved the creation of state police.

Makinde, in his address, described security as one of the four pillars of the Roadmap for Accelerated Development in Oyo State 2019 to 2023, adding that other pillars that his administration stands on are health, education, and expansion of the economy.

The Olubadan, who spoke through the Otun Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun, said true federalism would give the state governors power to deal with security challenges in their states.

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The monarch said the northern part of the country preferred the current federal structure to the one initiated by the founding fathers of the nation.

The royal father added that the responsibility of providing security rests on the shoulders of three groups – the political public office holders, the security agencies in uniform, and the traditional institution.

He, therefore, urged the government to recognise the three groups and work together to promote security.

On their part, the Garrison Commander of the 2 Division of Nigerian Army and the Commissioner of Police in the state, said security agencies had been working and would continue to work to ensure the security of life and property.

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