The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, is worried about the spate of kidnapping, armed robbery, herdsmen invasion and banditry in the Southwest.
Adams said the time has come to put a stop to the rampaging activities of those disturbing the peace of Yorubaland.
He called on governors in the six states of the Southwest to facilitate a joint security summit to proffer collective solution to what he described as “rising criminal activities of unlawful elements in the zone”.
The Yorubaland Generalissimo expressed his concern in an address during the 2019 Obatala festival at Igangan Grammar School, Igangan, Ibarapa zone of Oyo State.
He lamented that he had written letters to the governors in the region on the need for the joint security summit, but that the rising cases of insecurity made the need more imperative.
Adams said: “On several occasions, I have raised issues on the spate of insecurity in the country. I even wrote letters (twice) to the governors in the Southwest and other stakeholders on the need to organise a security summit in the Southwest.
“The situation is gradually becoming too worrisome to the entire nation. It is sad that the Southwest had almost lost its peace and credibility because our region had been gripped by the activities of the herdsmen and other social vices.”
He noted that the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has become a formidable group that spreads across Yorubaland and “we cannot fold our arms against this menace”.
Adams said: “This week Tuesday, I played host to the representatives of the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu, on the need to solve these security challenges. We had robust discussions and deliberations and I think the meeting was a step in the right direction.
”For us in the Southwest, our governors had also met on the prevailing situation, but they need to fast-track the process leading to the summit.”