Following the increase of killings across the country, Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha has said Traditional rulers hold the key to the success or failure of security administration in the country.
The SGF, who spoke Thursday when he hosted Traditional Rulers in his office in Abuja , hinged his assertion on the premise that the royal fathers operate at the grassroots of the society and interact closely with people in their daily activities.
According to him ” As traditional rulers and royal fathers, it is generally believed that you hold the key to the success or failure of security administration in the country because you operate at the grassroots of the society and interact closely with people in their daily activities.
“You remain in the frontline of stakeholders in the business of peace building in every community.
“Peace building promotes development which in turn attracts investment to the country.
“As you are aware, the situation of peace and security in the country today deserves collective approach by the government, the traditional institutions, faith-based organizations and the communities.
“Government shall continue to support your efforts to deescalate communal conflicts that continue to inflict severe losses of lives and destruction of property.
The SGF emphasised that it is critical that the government continue to cultivate peaceful coexistence across the country for them to achieve their objectives of building a nation.
Mustapha commended the traditional rulers on their summit held last year in Port Harcourt, Rivers State which he noted would have addressed some of the issues he had raised.
He added “We would be glad to see more of such noble initiatives at bonding the fragile unity caused by recent violent activities.
He drew their attention to the growing youth population in the country and the attendant rise in drug abuse/ criminal activities which indeed cuts across all demographics.
He urged the royal fathers to use their good offices to complement the efforts of government to stem the rising tide and save the future of the nation saying there is no better place to begin than the grass roots.
Noting that in a few months from now, the general elections will take place, the SGF stressed the importance of mobilizing the citizens not only to obtain their PVCs but also to ensure that the entire process is peaceful and devoid of violent acts.
“As our Royal Fathers government recognizes that partnership with you is important in this regard. The message from the President is that the royal fathers hold the key to the success of the Nigerian enterprise and shall continue to improve on consultations between you and government institutions,” he stated.