The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that the Federal Government is reorganising the nation’s security architecture, believing that Nigeria is able to overcome its current security challenges.
Prof. Osinbajo stated this Monday, April 26, when he received a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa, His Royal Majesty, Yakanaje Uke, (in Nasarawa State), Alhaji Dr. Ahmed Abdullahi Hassan.
He said, “There is no question at all that we are facing security challenges; but we are able to overcome them. The role of the leadership is to sit down to think through the problems.
“This is a big country, so policing is very difficult. There is a need for us to reorganize our security architecture, which is what is going on now.”
Osinbajo also reassured that the present challenges will prepare Nigeria for a greater and prosperous future; urging the traditional institution to support the re-engineering process.
“I believe strongly that the reason why we are experiencing what we are going through today is that we are being prepared for the future.
“A future where we will take into account all of the problems; because if we haven’t gone through the problems we are going through now; it will be difficult for us to appreciate the importance of fairness and justice, the importance of giving people a voice and a representation. I am very pleased to hear about what you are doing.”
He explained that “one of the reasons why we have some of the divisions and conflicts in the parts of the country; is because people do not feel included in the management of affairs in their localities.”
The Vice President urged traditional rulers to leverage the influence they have over communities to effect positive change for the good of the entire society.
Prof. Osinbajo explained that “it is sometimes very easy to underestimate the importance of the traditional institution. But the sheer size of the places where you superintend speaks volumes about the potential of our traditional rulers.”
On his part, the traditional ruler commended the Vice President for his ability to bring people of different ethnic groups in the country together.
He also said in his kingdom in Karu LGA of Nasarawa, “we are emulating your efforts; bringing ethnic groups in Nigeria together as one.”
Commending the efforts of the Emir in promoting unity and peaceful coexistence; the Vice President noted that “I have heard a lot about the work that is going on; and particularly fascinating for me is the fact that you have somehow managed to bring together; a representation of Nigeria into the management of the affairs of your kingdom.”