The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said that lack of will power to tackle head-on Nigeria’s problems by the government is its weakness and implored Nigerians to speak out on the issues confronting them.
The Sultan stated this yesterday at the one-day retreat for traditional rulers in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria held at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau State.
He stressed that people must speak out on the problems they are facing because when you know you have problems, the problems are half-solved.
“When problems come, traditional rulers do not run away from the problems but political leaders run away. Let us sit down and face the problems squarely.
“The problems of this country started when traditional institutions were sidelined and kept aside. We speak for the progress of the nation. We don’t criticise the government but we tell government what it has done right and what it has done wrong, we are part of the government,” he said.
The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, stated that with the geographical size and population of Nigeria, the need for local policing is very essential for the development of the country and to complement the work of the security agencies.
The monarch said the formation of community policing was very apposite, adding that certain factors must be put into consideration for maximum benefit, for the formation of community police for common socio-economic and political development.
Akiolu added that community police should have co-operative link chain with the traditional institutions of the area.
The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, disclosed that community policing in Anambra State is working although not too perfect. He stressed that the community policing should involve having collaboration with the police.