Insecurity: S/W stakeholders meet tomorrow in Ibadan
By Adekola Afolabi
Stakeholders in South-West Nigeria would tomorrow converge on Ibadan, Oyo State capital to deliberate on the way out of security challenges in the area.
Chairman of South-West Governors’ Forum who doubles as Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu made this disclosure yesterday at the 17-year-anniversary of Prayer Centre Church of God.
Akeredolu decried upsurge of criminality particularly kidnapping and armed robbery in the area promising that solutions to the menace was in sight.
Akeredolu appreciated the religious leaders for their prayers for leaders, just as he solicited for more support and prayers to end the activities of the Fulani herdsmen.
Meanwhile, South West governors have been challenged to urgently find a lasting solution to the incessant herdsmen attacks in the region.
Two clerics, Prophet Samson Oluwamodede, founder of Prayer Centre Church of God, Akure, and the Very Reverend Olufemi Adeleke, the presbyter and administrator, Methodist Cathedral Church, Gbogi, Akure, in separate sermons yesterday appealed to the governors in the region to call a stakeholders’ meeting with a view to tackling the ugly trend to ensure the security of lives and property of the citizenry.
Prophet Oluwamodede in his sermon at the 17th anniversary of the church entitled, “Righteousness exalts a nation”, also stressed the importance of righteousness and truthfulness among leaders and followers to promote peace and move the country forward. The theme of the anniversary was “Rock of Ages “.
He said something urgent should be done to address the menace of Fulani herdsmen which he said has become rampant and a major issue in the region.
The cleric also commended the state governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for being truthful in his approach to governance, saying the governor would only tell you what he would do without making empty promises.
The governor had earlier attended the 70th birthday thanksgiving service of Sir Patrick Adedapo-Aisida at the Methodist Cathedral Church, Gbogi, Akure, where incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen took the central stage.
In his sermon at the church, the Very Reverend Olufemi Adeleke, called on the South West leaders to critically look into the ugly situation with a view to put an end to it in the interest of the safety of the people in the region.
Rev. Adeleke also advised Nigerians to always support security agents with vital information that would lead to the arrest of the evil perpetrators.
He equally encouraged Nigerians to remain dedicated to God and their place of birth.
While rejoicing with Sir Patrick Adedapo-Aisida on his 70th birthday anniversary, the man of God, described him as a man who recognized the importance of God in his life.
Also, Governor Akeredolu while congratulating the celebrant on the occasion of his birthday, also described him as a good leader right from childhood.
Highlights of the two separate events were Thanksgiving, prayers for the governor, the state, the country and launching of a magazine at Prayer Centre Church of God.
Also in attendance were political, religious and traditional rulers including the Déjì of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade, the Oniwo of Iwo, Osun State, Oba Adewale Akanbi; Ondo State Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale and other members of the state executive council.