President Muhammadu Buhari, has assured traditional rulers from the South West geopolitical zone of the country that the security architecture will be restructured soon.
He also assured them that arrangement is being made to deploy drones and CCTVs to boost security of lives and properties in the South West.
The President who stated this on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said while drones will be deployed to fast-track the monitoring of the forests in the region, CCTVs will be mounted along highways to monitor the security activities on that region.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who led the delegation to meet with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, told State House Correspondents that President Buhari gave these assurances during the closed door meeting.
The Ooni of Ife said: “We met with the number one citizen of the country, he has listened to every of the issues we have been having in the south east and the proffered solutions. Today the inspector general of police was present and the entire security architecture will be restructured, we are very happy about that.
“We were also told about community policing, so the policemen will be recruited from the community. So we can use that strategy to avert a lot of tension going around the south west in particular.
“Another milestone we achieved is that Mr. President will fast track very rapid monitoring of our forests by virtue of using the technology of modern standard; the drones. The various security agencies will rally round the IG and see how it can be properly deployed.
“Another thing is that they will install CCTV along our highways, the IGP said they are very aggressive about clearing our highways now.
“We believe that with all these there will be reduction in the tension in the South-west because the Southwest is very sensitive in Nigeria. We don’t pray for crisis or war or uprising because it will snowball into a lot of things, that is why we were all represented from the six states that make up South-western Nigeria.
“We thank God that Mr. President is listening and so far so good, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Speaking on the call for the Fulanis to leave South-west, the Ooni stated that the call was because of the tension, adding that that will no longer happen.
He said: “Well, it’s because of the tension, but this time around the traditional rulers have arrived at a resolution to ensure that will not happen. It is the bad ones that should be focused on. We all live in Nigeria, it is the bad ones that have come in from different borders that are porous, those are the ones we will focus on to separate the corn from wheat.
“We are saying the bad ones should leave, the bad ones can never stay, even Mr. President is with us on that. Even the Fulani clan do not want the bad ones to spoil their name. So many people are hiding under Fulanis to do evil now, so the bad ones must go.”