President Muhammadu Buhari has said that no responsive government can ignore the role of religious and traditional leaders in tackling insecurity in the country.
Speaking yesterday at an Iftar dinner with religious and traditional leaders, the President said his administration would continue to rely on valuable advice and guidance from members of revered institutions to ameliorate the current security challenges in the country.
President Buhari noted that moving Nigeria forward remains a collective responsibility, urging leaders at all levels to contribute meaningfully to making the country a better place.
According to him, “Today, insecurity is one of the greatest challenges facing the existence of Nigeria. This administration has invested more resources than any other in tackling insecurity.
“We have acquired state-of-the-art equipment for our armed forces and the police to strengthen their capacity to deal with terrorism and banditry. We have made adequate budgetary allocations for security.
“Whatever the security agencies request, I make it available to them immediately.
“But insecurity is a global phenomenon. The cure and the answer is for all sections of society to do their part and confront the criminals head-on.
“The success of our armed forces and other security forces also depends on intelligence on the activities of bandits and terrorists.
“Those who aid and abet terrorists are helping to destroy their own communities.
“Our traditional and religious leaders have a key role to play in terms of improving intelligence gathering on the movements and activities of criminals in their area.”
Noting that the challenges facing the country are surmountable, the President recounted that when this administration came on board in 2015, local governments occupied and controlled by insurgent terrorists were recaptured through determined government efforts and cooperation. local leaders.
“A similar effort is now required for all localities to work in full cooperation with security officers and Insha Allah we will soon see the background of this issue,” he said.
For his part, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, hailed the timely response of the Buhari administration to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that it is symbolic that when the country turns to the indoors, he can overcome many of his challenges.
The Royal Father thanked the President for the invitation to Iftar, adding however that “I remember very well that last year we could not meet to break the Ramadan fast because of the pandemic. of COVID-19 and we pray it never happens again.”.
The Ooni urged Nigerians to use the holy month of Ramadan to always seek unity and celebrate the strength of Nigeria’s diversity.
“We have so many positives to celebrate in our country. Yes, there are challenges, but let’s look more at our strengths than our weaknesses,” he said.
Also speaking on behalf of the religious leaders, the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Joseph Daramola, said he believed that “God is at work in Nigeria”, noting that there are had spiritual lessons to learn about nation building from the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the Christian period of Lent which just ended with the celebration of Easter.
He said, “The power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is able to bring our nation back to life, making possible any situation that seems impossible.”