Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja
The Federal Government on Thursday appealed to traditional rulers across the country to use their esteemed positions to assist in tackling insecurity, drug abuse and other social ills.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, made the appeal during a meeting he had with the traditional rulers in his office in Abuja.
Mustapha said traditional rulers were generally believed to hold the key to the success or failure of the successive administrations in the country.
He attributed this to the fact that they operated at the grass roots and interacted closely with people in their daily activities.
He said, “You (traditional rulers) remain in the frontline of stakeholders in the business of peacebuilding in every community.
“As you are aware, the situation of peace and security in the country today deserves a collective approach by the government, the traditional institutions, faith-based organisations and the communities.
“Government shall continue to support your efforts to de-escalate communal conflicts that continue to inflict severe losses of lives and destruction of property.”
“I wish to particularly bring to your attention the growing youth population in the country and the attendant rise in drug abuse/ criminal activities which indeed cuts across all demographics.
“I urge you as royal fathers to use your good offices to complement the efforts of the government to stem the rising tide and save the future of our nation.”
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the SGF urged the traditional rulers to assist in encouraging their subjects to shun violence.
He added, “In a few months from now, the general elections will take place. It is important that we mobilise our citizens not only to obtain their PVCs but also to ensure that the entire process is peaceful and devoid of violent acts.
“As our royal fathers, the government recognises that partnership with you is important in this regard.”
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