By Abba – Eku Onyeka
The Federal Government (FG) has been urged to involve traditional rulers in the fight against insurgency in the Nigeria.
In a press release signed by Deputy Director Press, Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs (FMSDIGA), Mrs. Julie Osagie Jacobs yesterday, the Yakana Jen, Uke Kingdom, Nasarawa state, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Dr. Ahmed Abdullahi Hassan made the call at a courtesy call on the Honorable Minister Sen. Dr. George Akume in his office yesterday tagged: Visit of Unification, Reformation and Enhancement between the people of Uke Kingdom and the Ministry.
According to him, the traditional rulers are the custodians of culture, ethics, laws and values of the people, saying, since they live amongst the people in the communities, they are known to the rulers. The HMR therefore said that the traditional rulers could use their positions to sensitize youths to shun violence.
He however advocated for the revival of an Inter-State Committee (ISC), comprising of various ethnic groups with the purpose of ensuring peaceful co-existence among the Fulani and Tiv communities. This he said the Minister did as a governor in Benue State in the heat of Farmers/Herders Clashes in the border communities of Benue and Nasarawa States.
The royal father therefore tagged the visit, a visit of unification and reformation and enhancement of human relations between the people of Uke Kingdom and the Ministry. He then conferred on the Honourable Minister the title of Tukura Yakana Jen of Uke Kingdom.
Responding, the Minister noted that security was not the sole responsibility of security agencies, but the responsibility of every citizen, saying that all have a role to play in maintaining of security of lives and property in Nigeria.
He assured the royal father that the FG would never undermine the role of traditional rulers in nation building, even as he reiterated that the youth were the focal point of President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan of lifting 100 million people out of poverty. He therefore stated that youths have taken advantage of various empowerment initiatives to tackle poverty, such as the Anchor Borrowers Scheme and N-Power programme. He noted that five billion naira has been set aside for youths to access for development of small scale industries in their localities.
The Permanent Secretary, Mr. Wiliam Alo while thanking king for the courtesy call pledged to maintain mutual relations with the traditional rulers and assured him that regular meetings will be held with traditional rulers to tackle social problems in the country as the need arises.