A former Quarter Master General of the Nigerian Army, General Olu Bajowa(rtd), has called for the devolution of power and comprehensive restructuring of the country.
The retired military chief made this known at a summit organized by a group, Ondo South Advancement and Welfare Consultative Association ( OSAWA) with the theme ” Responsible Leadership ; a Panacea for Economic growth, Youth Involvement and Potential Development of Ondo South.”
General Bajowa (rtd) , who was represented by Barrister Ilemobayo Ehinmosan, said the theme of discussion at the summit was very apt and appropriate for the current and prevailing political climate in the country.
He said: “As you are all aware, security which is the defence of a nation or state , including the protection of lives and property of its citizens , economy and its institution is regarded as the primary duty or responsibility of government.
“The traditional role of protection against military attack is now widely understood to include non military dimensions , including security from sabotage and terrorism, fight against criminality, economic security, energy security , physical security , infrastructural security ( airport, highways , rail transport , hospital, critical bridges , transport hub, network communication, media , the electricity grid, dams , power plants , seaports , oil refineries and water systems), environmental security, food security , border security, cyber security , activities of drugs and narcotic cartels and also the effect of natural disasters” he stated.
While commending the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, Bajowa stated that the Governor has made the state a pacesetter in addressing insecurity and economic development amongst his peers in the country.
“The Governor had been the vanguard in the establishment of a well-funded and properly equipped “Amotekun” security outfit, aimed at community policing and to assist the Nigeria Police in information gathering, with a view to stemming the insecurity problems facing Ondo State and indeed the South West zone, of which some of the states have international borders, with increasing collective threats to peace and security, ” he said.