By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport and the Senatorrepresenting Oyo North Senatorial district, Senator AbdulFatai Buhari on Wednesday, asked Nigerians to work together with government security agencies and other stakeholders to guarantee improved security, peace and harmony.
Senator Buhari made the plea during his visit to the Durbar, Oyo residence of the founder and National President of Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Comrade Sunday Olajide to seek better cooperation of the leadership of the group in the area of collaboration with other stakeholders to keep the society safe from the threat of bandits and other criminal elements.
The Senator stressed that this became necessary to forestall any re- ocurrence of such dastardly attacks and restore normalcy to the security architecture in the state, adding that the present security situation in the country should be blamed on some unpatriotic individuals who seek to profit from dastardly acts without minding the consequences of their nefarious actions.
” There is no reasonable and patriotic citizen of Nigeria who would be happy with the current situation in the society particularly as it concerns security of lives and property. And since those responsible for the spate of banditry, abduction, arson, ritual killings among other heinous crimes are no ghosts but few evil-possessed people who live in our midst, we need to look more inward for possible solutions”, he said
Senator Buhari added, “as it now appears that our security apparatuses have been overwhelmed, there is an urgent need for Organizations like the VGN to collaborate with other stakeholders and work together with the security agencies to safe the situation”.
” It is in the realization of the need for partnership and encouragement that I have come here today to seek an audience with you. We have seen what your members have done in the past to stem the tide of security challenges especially in the Oke-Ogun axis of the state but we want you to redouble your efforts and use all the resources available at your disposal to rescue the situation”.
Senator Buhari added, ” as your representative in the Senate, I would work out the necessary arrangements with all the security agencies with a view to securing the required legal backing and support from the Police, Army, DSS, NSCDC and others. Also, we will do our best to provide material and moral support for your members who would go out there to work together with others in the task of securing the society.”
The founder and National President of Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Comrade Olajide expressed his gratitude to the lawmaker who he described as a worthy leader and friend of the masses, saying, Senator. Buhari had always come to identify with his group and this explained why it was easy to mobilize two representatives each from all the local government areas and local council development areas in the state to have an interface with him at a short notice.
“VGN is a non partisan, non governmental and non tribal/ ethnic organisation which was duly registered to provide ancillary security services in the whole of Nigeria. Despite numerous challenges that we face, we are always ready to do our best even as we are not particularly happy about the current level of insecurity in the society. Meanwhile, we are using this medium to assure our people that we would do more to help the police and other security agencies to fight crimes and restore peace and tranquility in the land.” he said.