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Current security architecture lopsided – Gani Adams

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams has called on the federal government to review the current police system in the country.

The call was made on Wednesday by Gani Adams at the 2021 edition of the Olokun festival in Badagry, Lagos state.

According to him, the police system needs to be restructured to ensure effective management of the country’s security challenges.

“Apart from the fact the security architecture and composition of the Nigerian police is wrong and lopsided, it does not really reflect national outlook,” he said.

“The idea of using only one police structure is old and archaic. Nigeria, with over 200 million population and over 300 ethnic nationalities, cannot thrive and prosper with the present system.

“With the present security in Nigeria, it is very clear that Nigeria has grown beyond having only one police structure.”

He, however, commended the federal government on the ongoing construction of Lagos-Badagry expressway.

“It is a thing of joy that efforts are ongoing to complete the road. On completion, I think the road will help in boosting the economy of the ancient town and its environs,” he said.

On the festival, he said it will help to promote the culture of the Yoruba people.

“We have to educate our people on the need to promote Yoruba culture, tradition and heritage. It is our duty and responsibility as culture ambassadors to project the ideals and values that have made the Yoruba race one of the best in the world,” he said.

“As I stand here today, I have a strong belief that we have a lot to gain as we celebrate Olokun and several other festivals.

“For instance, Olokun is a deity that brings wealth to any society or state that celebrates it. Olokun deity has a strong foothold, cutting across religious borders and it is also the harbinger of peace and tranquility.

“Both Muslims and Christians and even the traditionalists always respect the spiritual relevance of the Olokun and Olosa deities.”

On his part, Aholu Toyi, the Akran of Badagry, commended the custodians of the Olokun festival.

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