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Gov Ganduje’s Emirs Missing At Northern Traditional Rulers’ Meeting With Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari and Northern traditional rulers at the Presidential Villa

Prominent Northern traditional rulers had a very important meeting today, August 23 with President Muhammadu Buhari’ without the four first class Emirs who Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje elevated in Kano State recently. They are the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero,  Emir of Karaye, Ibrahim Abubakar II; the Emir of Rano, Tafida Abubakar-Ila and the Emir of Gaya, Ibrahim Abdulkadir.

The meeting with the President today was attended by the Emir of what remains of the State after the balkanisation of the Emirate,  Alhaji Dr. Muhammad Sanusi Lamido II.
Also in attendance were the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Tor Tiv of Tiv land, the Emir of Bida, the Ohinoyi of Ebira land and many others.
There was no explanation as to why out of all the first class monarches from the North only the four recently appointed Emirs by Governor Ganduje were conspicuously absent.
Speaking at the meeting, President Buhari said that the entire structure of the Nigerian Police Force is being overhauled, re-positioned and primed with modern technological gadgets to meet rising security challenges  across the nation, while an intelligence loop among all security outfits has been created.
The President said that the ongoing reform of the police will include recruitment of more hands, cultivation of stronger local intelligence and networking with communities, traditional rulers and adequate training.
President Buhari said that he created  the Ministry of Police Affairs for the purpose of driving the new initiative of ensuring proper provision of security for lives and property, with proactive intelligence gathering to nip crimes in the bud before they escalate.
“I have decided to meet with Your Highnesses to assure you that government is determined to tackle and deal decisively with all security challenges facing us as a nation.
“This consultation therefore is to engage you, our royal fathers, so that, collectively, we can arrive at solutions to any and all security problems in the country.
“We must all play our part to finally address these security challenges, particularly traditional rulers, in your respective communities, where you feel the pulse of the people, being the closest to the populace at the grassroots level,’’ he said.
President Buhari called on the traditional rulers to provide more support to security agencies with their versatile knowledge of communities and individuals.
“These policies and programmes include a robust revamping of police intelligence gathering capacity and the significant boosting of the numbers of security personnel in our local communities. This in specific terms will include recruiting more police officers and doing so whenever possible from their local government areas, where they would then be stationed in the best traditions of policing world-wide.
“Working with the State governments also, we intend to improve the equipping of the police force with advanced technology and equipment that can facilitate their work. To drive this, I recently created a full-fledged Ministry of Police Affairs.
“As I said during my meeting with the Traditional Rulers from the South-West, directives have been issued to the appropriate federal authorities to speedily approve licensing for States requesting the use of drones to monitor forests and other criminal hideouts,’’ he added.
The President said that CCTVs will be installed on highways and other strategic locations so that activities in some hidden places can be exposed, more effectively monitored and open to actionable interventions.
The Sultan of Sokoto, who led the traditional rulers, assured the President of the full support of traditional rulers in the country.
“We have come to assure you of our total support, total commitment and undiluted dedication to moving the nation forward as one of the best countries of the world.”
He said that the traditional thrones in various communities predated the amalgamation of the protectorates, and all the forefathers had always upheld the virtues of peace, unity and stability, assuring the President that royal fathers across the country had been in constant communication on the security challenges, promising to support the government to succeed.
The Sultan commended Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara for the relative peace in the state after he was sworn into office, and decided to open up all channels of communication, urging other governors to adopt same model.
He also called on the President to strengthen the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for more effective monitoring of drug-related situations in the country for correction and prosecutions.
Editorial staff
Editorial Staff at Greenbarge Reporters is member of a team of journalists led by Editor-in-Chief, Yusuf Ozi Usman.

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