This concern was expressed during the Plenary Session held today, Thursday, 8th of April, 2021, at Obas Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The Plenary Session of the Forum therefore unanimously agreed to engage the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, with a view to contributing to the security architecture of the State.
Although there were some other important items on the agenda, the issue of rebranding security architecture of the nation took the front burner throughout the session.
Speakers after speakers bringing various suggestions, narrating various self experiences of criminal activities, while at the same time making suggestions on how Ogun State Government could tackle insecurity in the State.
The Acting Chairman of the Forum, Dr Ayinde Ibikunle, promised to coordinate all suggestions.
Dr Ayinde Ibikunle disclosed that the Forum’s Security Committee Chairman, retired Military Governor, Major-General Ekundayo Opaleye, Olori Yetunde Gbadebo, and himself would seek an earliest appointment with Governor Dapo Abiodun alongside the State Security Adviser, with a view to integrating and coordinating all ideas.
The Forum consists retired professionals who have had great impacts on the development of their societies and are still mentally and physically alert with years of experience in various fields of human endeavours.
In his welcome address, the Presiding Chairman of the Ogun State Elders Forum, Otunba (Dr) S. A. J. Ibikunle, noted that the Assembly had carried out many great things during former administrations and were still capable and willing to do much more towards the greater development of the State.
He further urged the current administration to place more focus on the activities and advisory roles of the Elders.
The Elders Forum has various Committees including Education, Health, and Security, and many more.
These committees work to spread vital information and create awareness to the people for their safety, and are looking to be involved in certain government programmes as advisory personnels with wider range of experience.
It was noted at the Forum that the issue of security in Ogun State is at an alarming stage and actions need to be taken as soon as possible.
The Elders who have witnessed the “good old days” when native security and effective administration of Yorubas was very strong, are willing to share their wisdom and experience in order to tackle the current insurgencies.
Various comments and suggestions were thoroughly deliberated on at the Plenary Session.
The Forum thanked the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for recently incorporating the Amotekun Corps and urged that the Corps be effectively managed and equipped.
It was also suggested that the Traditional Rulers come together and speak with one voice to handle the security matters of the State.
The Elders expressed their fears about the current situation of the Fulani Herdsmen and the various cases of kidnappings in their immediate communities.
Various concerns were also raised on respecting the roles of our Traditional Rulers, because most of them have the solution to the current alarming issues.
Members of the Forum pledged to continue to encourage one another to maintain dignity as a gathering of Elders that come together to solve issues affecting their communities as such is even rare in Nigeria.
Some of the members present at the Plenary Session included Chief Odulate, Chief OgoOluwa Bankole, Chief Layi Labode, Olori Adebisi Gbadebo, to mention a few.