President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured Nigerians that the federal government will bring to an end the current violence and killings in parts of the country.
This is as he said the federal government would not shy away from its responsibility of protecting lives, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Nigeria.
Buhari spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, while declaring open the 9th General Assembly of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN).
The president, who was represented by the minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. AbdurahmanDambazau (rtd), stated that everyone involved in the atrocities across the country would be dealt with in accordance with the law.
He said, “I am saddened on the wastage of lives and properties, and I have directed the Inspector General of Police that no one is spared in all the atrocities.
“The killings in Benue and other states must be brought to an end because the action amount to declaration of war on Nigeria, its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.
The President stated that the federal government is hopeful to restore the security in every part of the country with the support of the royal fathers.
He said, “When you relegate the royal fathers, you have automatically failed in taking governance to the grassroots. With your support as traditional rulers, we are sure of restoring peace to any part of the nation that is currently under security threat.”
Earlier in his address, Rivers State governor, NyesomEzenwoWike, who stated that the traditional rulers were the only source of hope, despite the challenges, said the royal fathers had been advancing peace and security in their communities.
Wike said, “Community policing is about incorporating the community and its leaders in the security architecture to ensure peace in the society. They are key in bringing about peace and social stability in our communities and the country at large.”
In his remarks, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, said the role of traditional institution was vital to national security.
Mustapha, who was represented by a permanent secretary in the SGF’s Office, Mr. Umaru Bello, stated that the theme of the assembly was not only apt but also vital in the wake of insecurity in the country.
In his keynote speech, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, urged the traditional rulers to encourage their subjects to avoid inflammatory statements and give evidence when and where necessary to ensure that criminals arrested face the law.
Idris pleaded with the royal fathers to speak against and condemn crime, and not reward criminals with chieftaincy titles.
He stated that poor budgetary allocation for the police had been impeding the force from meeting its challenges.
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