The Yoruba traditional council of the federal capital territory, Abuja has urged the federal government to urgently step up the fight against insurgency in Nigeria to forestall total breakdown of law and order in the country..
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja at the end of its 2020 Yoruba Prayer Session for Nigeria, the custodian of Yoruba heritage in the FCT, Oba Aala Babajide S. O. Falade said that, the Yoruba traditional rulers in the FCT came together to pray for the nation according to their tradition as it was practiced in the days of their progenitor.
“Both Christians and Muslims co-habited in the days of our forefathers imbibing the core values of tradition and wisdom as the ingredients for peace and harmony”. He said that the Nigerian government can borrow a leaf from them by involving traditional values to further complement the conventional way they are currently engaging insurgency. On the issue of the establishment of the regional security outfit, Amotekun in the South West, Nigeria; Oba Aala said that, the issue must be handled carefully. “I am not against the setting up of Amotekun to further assist the police to secure life and property but their must be a constructive synergy among other security groups such as Oodua Peoples Congress, Shege Ka Fasa and others to avoid conflict that can lead to inter-group chaos”.
He cautioned the political elite to shun personal aggrandizement and other acts by using these security establishment to settle political and personal scores that may result into national chaos. “Those campaiging to secede from Nigeria must stop this propaganda and allow peace to envelope the counry. I was born in the North and my family is here as well as my businesses. Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa’s have lived together for long and should not allow some elements of destruction to tear us apart”.
Whatever the issues are, our leaders should sit together and resolve them amicably, while congratulating the Ooni of IIfe, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi on the success of Obatala festival in Ife penultimately.