Joint efforts ’ll secure Yoruba land – Iba Gani Adams
By Adekola Afolabi
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday said the South West region of the country must rise up to the current security challenges facing the region.
Adams who spoke at the stakeholders’ Security Summit of Governors of Western Nigeria held in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, specifically bemoaned the activities of the Fulani herdsmen in the region and called for joint efforts among relevant stakeholders to safely secure Yoruba land.
He stressed that the summit would send a signal to the whole world that the Yorubas were ready to secure their environments, added that communiqué will be issued at the end of the three days meeting.
The Aare Onakakanfo equally lauded the governors of the region for their concerns about the security of lives and property of the people in the South Western states.
He called for joint security surveillance and intelligence gathering to flush out criminals ravaging the hitherto peaceful Yoruba land.
According to him, the coming together of all the necessary stakeholders in the region explained the need for synergy among Yorubas to collectively stamp out crimes and criminality in the region.
He charged all and sundry to always be security conscious and report any strange face in their environment to the nearest police station for action, just as he called for synergy between the law enforcement agencies in the land.
“All hands must be on deck to collectively fight the insecurity in our land. There must also be unity among Yoruba people.
“The lesson this security summit is teaching us is that there is nothing like unity. Definitely, what is happening here is highly historical and it is commendable. When there is joint avenue for intelligence gathering, definitely there would not be hidden place for criminal elements in our land.
Various individuals also took their turn to contribute to their quotas on the issue.