Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II on Monday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to consult the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde on how to make the country safer and better secured for all citizens.
Oba Balogun, who made the charge while fielding questions from journalists in his Alarere residence on the spate of insecurity in the country expressed worries about the daily news of sad occurrences of safety breach, especially in the Northern part of the country.
The monarch commended Engr. Makinde for his various initiatives to make the state safer and secured and posited that if President Muhammadu Buhari could borrow a leaf from him on how he’s been carrying out his responsibilities in that regard, Nigeria would be better than it is now, security-wise.
According to the monarch, ”the governor of the state has been fantastic in his approach to both security and education. The Iwo-Road axis has become more secured and safer than it used to be to the governor’s credit.
“I’m aware of his efforts to improve the efficiency of the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun) in the state through provision of additional vehicles as well as increment in the personnel with the recruitment of additional 500 officers.
“These efforts, I’m aware are second to none in the entire Western Region where the Amotekun operates. This is a great attitude and disposition towards the safety and security of the state residents which deserve commendation for the state Governor”, Oba Balogun added.
Asking that Amotekun should not transform to the State Police as being canvassed in some quarters, Olubadan said, “we should protect Amotekun by leaving it as an independent security organization without the encumbrances of the Nigerian Police Force”.
He charged the governor to remain steadfast in his commitment to bequathe a secured and safer state to the residents by not pandering to the antics of the naysayers, who would always look for loopholes in any of his policies to capitalize on and create fear in the people.
“I enjoin Mr. Governor to be proactive and always be a step ahead of the criminally- minded people, whose stock in trade is violent and crime with firm assurance of our support and cooperation at the traditional level as the liason between the government and the people”, Olubadan stated.