In the face of rising insecurity across the country, Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called for constitutional roles for traditional rulers across the country in order to stem the ugly tide.
He made the call during separate visits to the Olu of WarriKingdom, Ogiame Atuwatse 111 and the Ovie of UvwieKingdom, Dr Emmanuel Sideso on Saturday at their palaces in Warri and Uvwie local government areas of Delta State respectively.
The Vice President, accompanied with Delta State deputy governor, Mr Kingsley Otuaro, while speaking at the palace of the Olu of Warri said, the time had come for traditional rulers to play a critical role in tackling the security challenges confronting the nation.
According to him, he had crisscrossed the riverine communities alongside Otuaro to ensure peace in the state, noting that the royal fathers were at the forefront that returned peace to the state.
“About three or four years ago, I and the deputy governor of Delta State, have been working assiduously in bringing down the insecurity we faced in the past.
“We were able to achieve results just because the traditional rulership threw it upon themselves to be at the front and centre of mediating the issue.
“I think the time we are in also calls for that kind of intervention. I respectfully urge you, your royal majesty to take this on too as a major task because, just as it has been mentioned, our country depends a great deal on oil production,” he pleaded.
Osinbajo emphasized that, the nation’s desire was to see that security challenges in Delta State were brought to an end in most of the oil-producing communities.
“We recognize, especially with security that very few administrations had been confronted with this plethora of security challenges that we have been confronted with.
“When you look at the share number and range of those security challenges, it’s evident that it is necessary to have a leader such as Muhammadu Buhari to be able to take on those challenges, but the role of traditional rulership is critical, absolutely critical now,” he added.
At the palace of the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, Osinbajo lauded the monarch for his role in sustaining the peace in Uvwiekingdom.
He reiterated that in view of the fact that traditional rulers were more in touch with the grassroots, there was the need for the National Assembly to incorporate and apportion them constitutional roles.
He prayed that with the level of politics gathering momentum, the National Assembly would be able to finish its constitutional duty and amend the constitution as expected.