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Osinbajo visits Olu of Warri, Ovie of Uvwie, urges partnership with traditional rulers to boost security

By Waliat Musa
07 March 2022   |   3:40 am
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said current security challenges facing the country underscore the need for strong collaboration with traditional rulers.

[FILES] Osinbajo. Photo/ facebook/professoryemiosinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said current security challenges facing the country underscore the need for strong collaboration with traditional rulers.

He stated this on Saturday in Delta State, when he paid courtesy calls to the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, Dr. Emmanuel Ekemejewan Sideso; and the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse III.

At both palaces, the Vice President, who was accompanied by Delta State Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, and President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olumide Akpata, was welcomed with drumming, dancing and singing.

Before stopping at the palaces, the Vice President attended the thanksgiving service in Effurun, Delta State, in honour of the late elder statesman and member of Second Republic House of Representatives, Chief Patrick Emurode Sito Ideh, who passed away at 95.

Speaking at the palace of the Olu of Warri, Osinbajo said: “The role of the traditional council, the traditional rulership in our country, is absolutely critical to security. And I am happy that this is something that you also not only recognise, but accept as a major function of the traditional rulership.”

Aside from the major roles of security agencies, the Vice President observed that traditional rulers also have vital roles to play in their respective communities because of their moral authority.

In his opening remarks, the Olu of Warri described the Vice President’s visit as a ‘homecoming,’ and thanked him for his good works as President Buhari’s deputy and for ‘putting Nigeria first.’

On his part, the Ovie of Uvwie thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President for the respect they show to the country’s traditional institutions.

Earlier, at the thanksgiving service in honour of the late Ideh, the Vice President said Delta State and Nigeria lost a true leader who embodied a “rich example of service, fidelity to truth and justice, high patriotism and a strong social conscience.”