…Makinde assures of provision of security for Oyo residents
The former Nigeria’s Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar on Thursday said that citizens of the country have roles to play in tackling insecurity by providing helpful information about strange faces in their areas to relevant security agents, adding that government could not do it alone.
The former head of state in an interview with newsmen made this known in Ibadan after he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State in his Agodi office.
Gen. Abubakar also stressed the need for government at various levels to provide adequate economic base for individuals so that they could be involved in making lives comfortable for themselves, adding that they would not have any problem or time to go and cause trouble.
“You see you cannot leave the issue of peace alone to the government. Each and everyone of us has a role to play in trying to ensure that you pass any information that you think will be helpful if you see strange faces in your area. It’s your duty to report such individuals.”
“The government in return must try to provide adequate economic base for individuals in trying to make them comfortable so that it will make lives comfortable for them and that they will not have any problems or time to cause trouble,” Abubakar emphasised.
He used the medium to congratulate the governor for his victory in the last governorship polls in the state, while similarly urging the him to deploy his wealth of experience in the private sector to the governance of the state.
“Certainly coming from the private sector into governance, you are coming with a wealth of experience in the private sector. So, I am absolutely sure you will deploy that experience in governing the state.”
In his remark, Governor Seyi Makinde restated his commitment in the provision of adequate security for lives and property of residents of the state.
He added that he has been conducting a deep appreciation of what was on ground before the assumption of office.
“I visited the Oyo State Security Trust Fund office because we are trying to have a deep appreciation of what we have on ground. We want to know precisely where we want to go.”
“So, we are in a face where are getting all the data, where the the gap resides and in a very short time, we will start seeing changes in the security architecture of the state, the governor assured.