Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, says insecurity across the South-West will be curtailed within six months if Governors in the geo-political zone will involve the Oodua Peoples Congress in their plans to tackle the menace.
Adams stated this on Wednesday in Ile-Ife, Osun State at the grand finale of this year’s edition of Oodua Festival.
He expressed regret at the sudden rise in the cases of violent crimes in the region.
Adams, who is also the OPC National Coordinator, noted that all efforts by both the Federal and the state government to address insecurity have failed, saying the global community no longer takes Nigeria seriously due to the large number of lives that have been lost to insecurity.
He said, “The bad elements are now relocating to Lagos. Remember, that was how it started in Plateau State. As the Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land, we will not allow the Plateau massacre to be replicated in any part of Yorubaland.
“With the present security situation in the country, it is obvious that the government cannot do it alone. If the governors of the South West involve me in their efforts to curb insecurity in the region, I assure you that the security challenges in the region will reduce drastically within six months.
“A good example of our involvement in curbing the security challenges in Lagos was when Baddo was the major security threat in Lagos and Ogun states, especially in Ikorodu area of the state.”
Adam said the challenge of insecurity had made it mandatory for urgent and lasting synergy between the government and the people at the grassroots, adding that the battle to prevent the situation from degenerating further should be a collective effort with OPC playing a role.
Commenting on the festival, he explained that Oodua Festival is the first festival on the list of cultural promotion activities of OPC, as it is the celebration of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race.