Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has argued that to perfectly address Nigeria’s security challenges, the country would need leaders like President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), his principal.
Osinbajo stated that apart from few administrations before Buhari, no administration had faced the plethora of security challenges currently ravaging the country.
The vice president made this revelation on Saturday in Delta State, where he paid courtesy calls to the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM Dr. Emmanuel Ekemejewan Sideso; and the Olu of Warri, HRM Ògíamẹ̀ Atúwàtse III.
The statement was contained in a press release on Sunday by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, titled, Ósinbajo in Delta, visits Olu of Warri, Ovie of Uvwie, says collaboration with traditional rulers is critical now’.
Osinbajo admitted that the Buhari’s administration was still battling enormous security challenges, while emphasizing the Buhari regime’s three-pronged focus on improving the economy, security and the fight against corruption.
He stated, “We also recognize, especially with security, that very few administrations, have been confronted with the plethora of security challenges that we have been confronted with.
“Frankly, when you look at the sheer number and range of those security challenges, it is evident that it is necessary to have a leader such as President Buhari to be able to even take on those challenges.”
Osinbajo, however, emphasized the importance of collaboration between traditional rulers across the country and government at all levels, saying security challenges facing the country in recent times cannot be left alone for the government to tackle.
In the Palace of the Olu of Warri, the vice president said that, “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 the security agencies in ensuring security, the vice president observed that traditional rulers in the country also have vital roles to play in their respective communities because of their moral authority.
“We recognise that the traditional rulership of our country holds a moral place in the live and esteem of our people, and it is that moral place that we, very frequently, have to call upon, in order to mediate some of the conflicts that give rise to the security challenges that we have,” he added.