The Aare ona kakanfo of Yoruba land, Gani Adams has again risen and alerted leaders and stakeholders across the Southwest region to see vigilance as a preventive measure against gangs of invading terrorists.
At the second edition of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) Dependable Security Team meeting held at ONTEC Event Centre, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, yesterday, Adams told his members that the meeting is a strategic approach to combating terrorism in the south west, saying the group gathered 100 members each from each of the 57 local governments in the state.
He added that the meeting was first initiated in Lagos in order to beef up the security and also strengthen the grassroots security network across the south west.
The Aare Ona kakanfo maintained also that the OPC’s structure is spread across the country, revealing that the dependable security team is made up of very strong members that cut across all the local governments in all the six states in the South west and beyond.
He again picked holes in the failing security situation in the country occasioned by various cases of killings, kidnapping, armed robbery, raping, killing and other threats, noting that the meeting wouldn’t have been necessary had the security situation in the country improved across the country.
He recalled how he is often and embarrassingly queried on security challenges bedeviling the region, saying such question informed his ongoing intervention to address the security deficit across the region.
Adams stressed that he is out to raise voices of his people against what is known as a common threat to their lives, lamenting that the collapsed security architecture in the country, and concluding that nothing has changed in all parts of the country.
“It is the traditional role of the Aare ona kakanfo to secure Yoruba land.It is our duty also as a group to complement the efforts of the south west government in curb the challenges. So, I am ready to set the ball rolling whenever I am called upon by the south west governors as well as the traditional rulers in Yoruba land.
“OPC is always ready and the gathering is a big testimony of our structure, strength and resolve to solve the security challenges across the region. As far as the OPC is concerned, it is a call to duty,it is our strategic approach to defend ourselves and our region since it is obvious that the security architecture has failed to protect us.
“We cannot leave our fate in the hands of security operatives and agencies that seemed to have been overwhelmed by the raging spate of
insecurity in the country,” he quipped.
Adams reassured the South west of the OPC’s support in salvaging the region, maintaining that the group’s dependable force strategic meeting is an on-going programme that will spread across all the states in the region and beyond.
“The highest decision making organ of the Oodua People’s Congress,the National Executive Council (NEC) and National Coordinating Council (NCC)have concluded plans to build on the successes of the two previous editions of the programme both in Lagos and Ogun States respectively, to reaffirm the need for everybody to be vigilant and also be security conscious in whatever we do.That is the reason for this gathering,” he stated.