By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
Worried by the mixed messages coming out of his state in recent time, Oyo state Governor Seyi Makinde Wednesday met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja to brief him on the true position of recent happenings in the state.
Speaking to State House Correspondents in Abuja after the meeting, Gov. Makinde said he came to brief President Buhari on the tension in his state and to request for the establishment of more Police Mobile Unit in the vast state.
Said he: “There has been a lot of fake news all around and I wanted to be sure that Mr. President clearly have first hand information from me, which I did. We also exchanged ideas on what we need to do better, some of the programmes we have put in place to ensure that this security issue is tackled. So, that’s basically why I came here.
Asked about the specific issues he discussed with the President, he responded thus:
“Well, one of the issues I discussed with Mr. President is that Oyo State land mass is quite big, Oyo State is close to 29,000 square kilometers. If you take all the states in the south east geo-political zone of Nigeria, they are still not as big as Oyo State. And the state right now only has two Mobile Police Squadrons.
“So I requested for more Mobile Police Squadrons to be deployed to Oyo State and also ask for support for the joint security outfit. Because, the underlying issue here also has to do with limited opportunities. The tension will definitely go down if a lot of our youths are gainfully employed. So, I briefed the president on what we are doing in that regard.
On different position between him and Sunday Igboho, Gov. Makinde replied:
“Well, we have an history of living together peacefully amongst all the ethnic groups that are present in Oyo State. For instance, what triggered all of this was that Dr. Aborode was brutally murdered, that is criminal but on the other hand, Seriki, Alhaji Kabir has been staying in that same place for 40 years.
“So quite frankly, the people we are after are criminals. They are the bandits, hoodlums, armed robbers, kidnappers. Those are the true enemy of the state and those are the people we will go after. The constitution of Nigeria guarantees that you can live in any part of Nigeria, you just have to be law abiding, obey the local laws in such areas. That is what we are pushing and will continue to push as a government”.