PMB scored major diplomatic goal with Kerry’s visit – Alaafin

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III on Thursday said President Muhammadu Buhari scored a major diplomatic goal with the visit of United States Secretary of State, John Kerry to Nigeria.Speaking to State House Corespondents after a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, the Alaafin said America does not usually send top officers for such visits if they have not used certain parameters to gauge the country’s performance.

He said, “One major diplomatic point the President scored recently was the visit of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry. America does not usually send top officers for such visits if they have not used certain parameters to gauge the country’s performance.

On Militancy in the Niger Delta and Lagos, The Alaafin disclosed that he offered some suggestions to the President as the country is losing huge resources to the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers.

“Coming close to that is the infiltration of the militants in Lagos and Ikorodu where in the last three weeks, 10 landlords were massacred.

“The Federal Government has since sent forces there to wipe them out. Normalcy has since returned to Ikorodu and Arepo area. If they had successfully spread their activities to the South West, there would have been more destruction. Lagos is the economic heartbeat of the nation.

“The President listened attentively and he has asked me to pass the information to other traditional rulers in my domain to assist the government by giving advice because he is a good listener but that such advice should be put in writing so that he can then relate it to the problems affecting Nigeria. “

According to the Alaafin as a Nigerian and one of the topmost traditional rulers in the country, over the time, he sent a memorandum to the President which he acknowledged and he asked him  to come and endorse those things he has written.

He added that “I think it is time for me to use the proper channel to reach the President for suggestions and advice. Where he deserves commendation, I should also do that.

“Especially as it concerns the multi-dimensional problems Nigeria is facing; the Avengers and the bombing of oil installations, MEND, Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.”

Culled from LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER

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