SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
As Nigerians continue to express their concerns over the current precarious security situation in the country, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday and told journalists after the closed -door meeting that the South West region does not want to experience war.
The Ooni who spoke with State House correspondents, noted that the drums of war are sounding loud across the country.
However, he said he was at the Presidential Villa to speak to President Buhari on behalf of South West traditional rulers towards improving security situation in the country.
The royal father also warned politicians in the country not to encourage anarchy by blowing issues out of proportion.
Thursday’s visit by the Ooni to Buhari came on the heels of quit notice by the Northern Elders Forum to herders to leave the southern part of the country and return home.
President Buhari had on Wednesday asked the herders to disregard the notice and stay put in any part of the country’s they chose to live.
According to the traditional ruler, “I came to speak on behalf of other traditional rulers. The issue at hand in the south west is real. The issues of insecurity, we that live in the remote and rural areas of the south western part of the country, most of the bushes are occupied by strange people and we decided to work with the government to fish them out.
“Everybody is beating the drums of war, we don’t want war, who can stand war?, we want something better for our youths. We should better use them for something good other than shouting war and anarchy. We don’t want that.
“We told the President that and he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to blow things out of proportion. We should make sure things are right and the President has given good directives to security chiefs including the IG to visit all traditional institutions in the south west.” he said.
Oba Ogunwusi pointed out that everything must be done to put all security agencies to good use as well as work with the locals to separate the bad eggs.
His words: “We shouldn’t keep over hyping war and we still want to keep the peace in the south west. We don’t want anarchy.”
“What is important is for the youths not to take laws into their hands, killing and causing violence. The drums of war are resonating loud and we are very worried. We need more federal apparatus to defend ourselves; reinforcement from Federal Government.
“We understand more than anybody. We don’t want war and we want to work with Government to bring peace. We are not saying all Fulanis are bad, it’s about the bad guys working under the name of Fulanis”, he said.
He said President Buhari assured him that he would say his own side of the story on the issue of Ruga because it was being taken out of context.
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