Few days after the visit of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi to President Muhammadu Buhari, to discuss the security situation in the country, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, has also written an open letter to the president, warning of an impending war.
Oba Akanbi who lamented the decaying current security situation, proffered short and long term solutions that could tackle address the problem of insecurity.
While stressing the need for peace and unity over any kind of immediate decision, the monarch explained that he was compelled to “write at this fragile moment in which the country’s togetherness seems to be under threat.”
According to him, “I rarely write, not because of what or how but as a proactive father, I love actions. But for the purpose of Nigerians, my race and my promising subjects, I chose to communicate this solution-based epistle for two things – to avert journey of no return (war) and kill negative ambitions with alternative means.
“The recent security threat emanating from incessant kidnapping by bad elements or alleged Fulani herdsmen most especially in the south western Nigeria is not without general knowledge,” he said.
While noting that countries such as Yugoslavia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, who have all gone to war in the past, didn’t recover on time, the monarch maintained that war knows no status, age, influence and identity.
“Mr. President, I want to urge you, call every opinion leaders to order to stage a caution of their utterances at this moment. If you can’t be the peace we want, don’t be agent of chaos. In my own assessment, your Excellency, the solutions to the trauma are two – Short term and long term.
“Understanding is key while education is the door to peace. I want to appeal to your Excellency to assent a legislation that will compel education for children and enact strict punishment for parents refusing to educate their children.
“Your excellency, as a short term mechanism, kidnapping cases should be given accelerated hearing with death as penalty for culpable kidnappers.
“Enacting such severe law will dissociate perpetrators from the five enemies of peace. We can’t continue cold handling and expect cold retort.
Kidnappers are killers. If caught, they should have a taste of their intention,” the letter read in part.
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