Insecurity: Traditional rulers have great role to play in peace building – General Irabor

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor said that, the traditional rulers, has a critical role to play in peace building within their domain.

In a statement on Thursday by Major Ishaku Takwa, Military Information Officer, said, the CDS made the declaration during the Security, Stakeholders meeting with Chiefs, community and religious leaders of Plateau State held at Government House Jos.

According to the statement, General Irabor assured that the Armed Forces of Nigeria would do everything within its mandate to stabilize the state.

He called on the traditional, community and religious leaders to champion the peace process in their domains, adding that, lasting peace could only be achieved when all the people understand each other and respect one another.

The statement further revealed that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has a duty to create the avenue for peace to triumph, adding that, the Armed Forces would accelerate its activities towards sustaining peace and stability on the Plateau.

He said security agencies need the support and encouragement of the people to achieve their mandate on the Plateau.

“The Defence Headquarters has activated the early warning and early response mechanism to prevent possible attack on innocent communities,” the statement said.

He said, security has been beefed up in volatile communities and urged the people to have confidence in the security agencies, just as he warned against taking up arms against one another.

Earlier in his remarks, His Excellency, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state, thanked the CDS for ensuring that adequate military machinery was deployed to ensure peace is maintained on the Plateau.

He noted that criminals must be identified and brought to justice by all means.

Governor Lalong maintained that his administration is ready to support the Armed Forces in its commitment to stem emerging security threat in the state.

He thanked religious and traditional leaders for prioritizing the safety of the people and warned against inciting statements which he said must be discouraged among religious leaders for genuine peace to thrive.

At the palaces of Brra Ngwe Rigwe, Rt Rev Ronku Aka of Irigwe land and Ujah Anaguta HRM Pozo Johnson Magaji, the CDS reassured the traditional rulers of his determination to stabilize troubled communities on the Plateau.

While he urged the royal fathers to educate their subjects on the imperatives of peace and togetherness, Gen Irabor also called for sustained collaboration with OPSH for sustainable security in their respective domain.

He assured of security measures to ensure displaced persons return to their communities to continue their lawful activities.

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