Traditional rulers in Osun State on Tuesday pledged their full support for the government to battle insecurity.
They gave the assurance following a request by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola during their visit to rejoice with the governor over his victory at the Supreme Court, which last Friday reaffirmed his election.
Deputy Governor Benedict Alabi; Secretary to the State Government Prince Wole Oyebamiji; Chief of Staff to the Governor Dr Charles Diji Akinola; Head of Service Dr Festus Olowogboyega, were among top government officials who joined the governor to receive the royal fathers.
The Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyesosin, who spoke on behalf of the traditional rulers, said: “The purpose of our visit is to congratulate our governor on behalf of the Osun State Council of Obas over his victory at the Apex court.
“We were commissioned by the Chairman of the Council, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to pray and wish Mr. Governor a fruitful tenure in office.
“I want to reassure our commitment and determination to continuously support the governor and the government most especially the security agencies to keep our state save.
“Though God is the ultimate security, but on our part, we will do the needful, we will discuss ways to be of help to secure our state.
“The issue of security is not a thing to be discussed in public, but we will come up with workable strategies to actualise security plan”.
Urging the Obas to support his government, Governor Oyetola pledged equitable delivery of democratic dividends adding that the people would be involved in the decision on what projects to site in their communities.
He said: “As much as I appreciate your visit over my victory at the Supreme Court so also that I want to seek for your unflinching support and cooperation to move our state to Promised Land.
“We need your support in all aspects most importantly on security.
“As a government, we are not resting on our oars but rather working so hard to free our state from all forms of crime and illegality, and this dream can only be actualised with your support.
“We have worked on a modality to involve all particularly the traditional rulers in the fight against insecurity in the state.
“So, I am appealing to you to support us and support our security agencies particularly the vigilance groups at your various communities to combat crimes and criminality.
“I want to assure you that we remain resolute to ensure the security of lives and property of all citizens and as well bring to the people, the dividends of democracy”, he added.
Other monarchs on the team are: Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi; Owamiran of Esa-Oke, Oba Adeyemi Adediran; Olowu of Kuta, Oba Hamed Adekunle; Orangun of Oke-Ila, Oba Adedokun Abolarinwa; Adimula of Ifewara, Oba Hezekiah Adeniyi and Alasipa of Asipa, Oba Mufutau Babawale.
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