- The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi recommends solutions to the security challenges in Nigeria
- Oba Akanbi advocates for Buhari to adopt both short term and long term approach in resolving the threats of insecurity in Nigeria
- The monarch calls for the federal government to ensure that cases of kidnapping are given accelerated hearing with death as penalty for culpable kidnappers
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has penned an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the reported insecurity in Nigeria.
The traditional ruler from Osun state in his letter on Saturday, July 27, said the recent security threat emanating from incessant kidnapping in parts of the country, especially in the south western Nigeria prompted him to write the letter, Daily Trust reports.
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As part of the solutions recommended, Oba Akanbi advised President Muhammadu Buhari to adopt both short term and long term approach to address the security challenges in the country.
The monarch also called on the federal government to ensure that kidnapping cases should be given accelerated hearing with death as penalty for culpable kidnappers.
The monarch further advised the president to assent a legislation that will compel education for children and enact strict punishment for parents refusing to educate their children.
“Priority can be placed on the Fulanis with preferential monitoring of nomadic settlements. This option will secure their future to be engineers, pilots, doctors, Professors , kings, bankers , ambassadors etc and not kidnappers,” the Oba said.
He also suggested that the nation’s security should go digital, explaining that security boost could optionally be assured through mandatory and timely provision of electronic national identity card for everyone on Nigeria soil.
The Oba also called for the federal government to legislate advanced training on cattle raising as obtainable in developed nations.
The monarch concluded his letter by declaring his support for Nigeria as an indivisible nation while praying for God to grant the president wisdom to govern Nigeria.
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“In a final note, let me state it unequivocally that Nigeria is indivisible. The only voodoo to war is peace not traditional concoctions in digital age. We are on the part of greatness. We must not for once be drunk with deception of war. Mr President, my words are given for your attention. Nigeria is yours and mine.
While I pray for wisdom greater than that of Solomon to constructively pilot Nigeria, do accept the assurances of traditional rulers support at effecting solutions mentioned and conduct Nigeria’s affairs," the letter read.
Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi's letter to the president is coming days after the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, lamented, in an open letter to President Buhari, that Yoruba land was currently under the siege of armed bandits and kidnappers.
The Alaafin in a letter on Sunday, July 21, said there is looming anarchy in the country following the escalating level of insecurity and something urgent needs to be done about it.
The top monarch noted that it should be known that the Yorubas can resort to self-help, but added that the security architecture should be improved upon to save lives and properties as stipulated by the constitution.
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