By Wilson Adekumola
The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has disclosed that the hunters are the solution to domestic and traditional security and assuring that the Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Service Bill would be discussed as the traditional rulers are set to meet President Bola Tinubu.
The monarch made this disclosure when the Commander General of Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Service, Dr. Joshua Wale Osatimehin, in the company of some top officers of the Service paid him a courtesy visit at the Royal Palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Ooni hailed the NHFSS for what he described as their invaluable contributions to the war against crimes, criminalities and general insecurity in the country.
The traditional ruler who was said to have spoken in Yoruba language, said all well-meaning Nigerians can acknowledge how officers and men of the NHFSS are providing needed intelligence and other information as well as the manpower, in collaboration with the Police, the military and other security agencies in a bid to arrest and prosecute of criminals in Nigeria, especially those happening within forests and farmlands.
The monarch explained that the country cannot ignore such a critical organisation which has contributed immensely in helping to fight crimes, affirming that farms and farmers are protected from attacks by bandits and kidnappers across the country.
Ooni opined that hunters are the solution to domestic and traditional security and assuring that the NHFSS Bill would be discussed during the meeting of traditional rulers.
Also, the Commander General of NHFSS, Dr. Joshua Wale Osatimehin, said he and some top officers of the Service were at the palace to express their gratitude to the Ooni who, according to him, is a peacemaker of immeasurable repute.
He informed the Ooni of the resolution of the NHFSS management to make him the Grand Patron of the organisation which the royal father accepted.
The Commander General stated further that Ooni update of the activities of the NHFSS and that the Bill for the Act establishing the Service was passed by the two chambers of the 9th Assembly waiting for the president’s assent.
He told the Ooni that officers and men of the organisation have been undergoing various types of trainings organised by the Police, Nigerian Army, Department of State Security, DSS, NSCDC and NDLEA, among others as part of preparations for the task ahead.
Highlights of the visit include traditional prayers offered by the Ooni, in which he solicited divine success for Dr. Osatimehin and the NHFSS.
The NHFSS boss also presented the ‘Icon of Peace’ plaque to His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, CFR.