Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President, says the Federal Government is reorganising the nation’s security architecture, with the optimism that Nigeria will overcome its current security challenges.
Osinbajo stated this on Monday during a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa by Ahmed Abdullahi Hassan, the paramount ruler of Nasarawa State.
“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”, he said.
The vice president assured 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 also said.
He further 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”.
While commending Yakanaje for his leadership style, Osinbajo stated:
“I think you have created an opportunity where the options are available for bringing appeals to a center of fairness and justice for people from across the country, and its one that is to be emulated.
“And I think that this is the way Nigeria should be. We should be able to say that no matter where you are from if you have the talent if you work hard, you will succeed wherever you are. You will not be constrained by your political, ethnic, or religious affiliations.
“Every great society that has succeeded in the world is multiethnic and they succeeded because they brought in talents from all over the place,” Osinbajo added.
He urged traditional rulers to leverage the influence they have over communities to effect positive change for the good of the society.
While speaking, the monarch appealed to the federal government to integrate the traditional institution in the implementation of some of its intervention schemes for small businesses and the less privileged.
He said traditional rulers are closer to the people and understand the issues and needs in the localities, hence the need to be involved in the implementation of the schemes.