President Muhammadu Buhari has urged traditional rulers to support his efforts to tackle the crisis in the Niger Delta and the Boko Haram insurgency.
Buhari made the call when he received the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III on Thursday at the Presidential Villa.
Addressing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Alaafin of Oyo said that discussions at the meeting revolved around the problems facing the country including the militancy in the Niger Delta and insurgency in the North.
“As a Nigerian and one of the topmost traditional rulers in the country, over the 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.
“Especially as it concerns the multi-dimensional problems Nigeria is facing; the Avengers and the bombing of oil installations, MEND, Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
“One major diplomatic point the President scored recently was the visit of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. America does not usually send top officers for such visits if they have not used certain parameters to gauge the country’s performance.
“I have met with the President and offered some suggestions. We are losing huge resources to the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers. Coming close to that is the infiltration of the militants in Lagos and Ikorodu where in the last three weeks, 10 landlords were massacred”, he said.
The monarch thanked the government for its prompt action in restoring law and order in Ikorodu which was recently held hostage by militants.
“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.
“The President listened attentively and he has asked me to pass the information to other traditional rulers in my domain to assist the government by giving advice because he is a good listener but that such advice should be put in writing so that he can then relate it to the problems affecting Nigeria,” he said.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.