By GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO — Prominent traditional rulers across the country, yesterday, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to concentrate on halting terrorism, claiming the current security challenges signalled serious dangers to the stability of the country.
They urged the President to consult them to provide a lasting solution to the problem.
They spoke in Osogbo, at the fifth General Assembly of Conference of Traditional Rulers, NCTRC, where no fewer than 200 first class traditional rulers gathered.
The monarchs at the event included, Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman of NCTRC, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade; Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yaya Abubakar; Shehu of Borno, Alhaji El-Kanemi, Obong of Calabar; Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse; Obi of Onitsha; Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo and Chief Alfred Diete-Spiff, among others.
Speaking with newsmen, Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar and Oba Sijuwade and the host- governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, identified corruption and insecurity as the major problems affecting the growth and stability of the country.
Specifically, Aregbesola, who noted that security was a serious business, stressed that the roles of traditional rulers towards ensuring security in the country could not be underestimated.
The governor also attributed the elusive peace and protracted conflicts and violence bedeviling the country to the absence of true federalism.