By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI – THE joint Council of South East and Northern Traditional Rulers rose from a meeting in Owerri, Imo State capital, weekend, condemning the looting and destruction of lives and properties of innocent Nigerians in some Norther states.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar and the Chairman, South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze CletusÂ Ilomuanya, the royal fathers said, â€œCouncil strongly condemns the looting and destruction of lives and properties of innocent Nigerians in the guise of the so called religious crises, and similarly all forms of criminality such as armed robbery, kidnapping, official corruption, which pervade the country presentlyâ€.
Council equally called on governments at all level to commit more resources towards aggressive youth empowerment programmes, to reduce the involvement of youths in crime.
They also urged government to partner with royal fathers to effectively utilize the time tested method of crime prevention and control with which the traditional institutions are well known.
The traditional rulers noted with concern, the lingering dispute between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and the threats of strike by various labour unions.
â€œCouncil calls on the Federal Government and ASUU in particular, to quickly and effectively resolve the dispute in the best interest of the nation. Council recommends that the Federal Government sets up a joint committee of eminent Nigerians to help mediate in the Federal Government/ASUU and similar disputesâ€, the monarchs said.
They however, urged other industrial unions threatening to go on strike to exercise restraint, even as they advised the Federal Government to be proactive and constructively engage such unions, so as to avoid the undesirable consequences of such strikes.