By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola has appealed to the traditional rulers in the state to support his administration and the security agencies in the fight against crimes and criminality in the state.
The governor made the appeal on Tuesday during the visit of the traditional rulers in the state who came to rejoice with him over his victory at the Supreme Court.
He said: “As much as I appreciate your visit over my victory at the Supreme Court, so also that I want to seek for your unflinching support and cooperation to move our state to Promised Land.
“We need your support in all aspects most importantly on security.
“As a government, we are not resting on our oars but rather working so hard to free our state from all forms of crime and illegality, and this dream can only be actualised with your support.
“We have worked on a modality to involve all particularly the traditional rulers in the fight against insecurity in the state.
“So, I am appealing to you to support us and support our security agencies particularly the vigilance groups at your various communities to combat crimes and criminality.
“I want to assure you that we remain resolute to ensure the security of lives and property of all citizens and as well bring to the people, the dividends of democracy”, he added.
Oyetola promised equitable delivery of democratic dividends adding that the people would be involved in the decision on what projects to site in their communities.
In their response, the royal fathers pledged their full support for the government to battle insecurity.
The Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode Oyesosin, who spoke on behalf of the traditional rulers, said: “The purpose of our visit is to congratulate our governor on behalf of the Osun State Council of Obas over his victory at the Apex court.
“We were commissioned by the Chairman of the Council, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to pray and wish Mr. Governor a fruitful tenure in office.
“I want to reassure our commitment and determination to continuously support the governor and the government most especially the security agencies to keep our state save.
“Though God is the ultimate security, but on our part, we will do the needful, we will discuss ways to be of help to secure our state.
“The issue of security is not a thing to be discussed in public, but we will come up with workable strategies to actualise security plan”.
Other monarchs on the team are: Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi; Owamiran of Esa-Oke, Oba Adeyemi Adediran; Olowu of Kuta, Oba Hamed Adekunle; Orangun of Oke-Ila, Oba Adedokun Abolarinwa; Adimula of Ifewara, Oba Hezekiah Adeniyi and Alasipa of Asipa, Oba Mufutau Babawale.