igweA traditional monarch, Igwe Professor Laz Ekwueme, the Eze Ijikala II, Ozioko Igwe Oko, has said that traditional rulers have always been called the custodians of culture; and that they were also called the custodians of security in our various domains; but today, they were not sure they were secure themselves in their domains not to talk of the whole country being secured.

Igwe Professor Ekwueme stated this in his goodwill message, at the 2nd National Conference on “Culture, Peace and National Security: The Role of Traditional Rulers in Nigeria’s Democracy,” organized by National Institute For Cultural Orientation (NICO) in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 26th – 27th May, 2014, at the Banquet Hall, Arewa House, Kaduna, Kaduna State.

The Igwe, who is an accomplished Musicologist and veteran Nollywood actor, said it was unique that traditional rulers had been invited by National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) to exchange ideas on how to bring about peace, unity, development, solidarity and the stoppage of treachery and debauchery in the country.

He said: “I congratulate NICO for taking this opportunity to call us together to consider new ways and approaches to come back to the unity of culture and security. We have been given a programme which contains some six or so papers to be presented and they are quite interesting. Traditional rulers are called upon as custodians of culture, peace and security to find ways of solving problems which apparently, the law enforcement agencies cannot solve.”

igew2Continuing, Igwe Professor Ekwume stated: “It is gratifying to note that at last, we have been called upon to use our good offices, our wisdom, our heritage to bring Nigeria together devoid of treachery, devoid of dichotomy, devoid of turbulence. We hope that God will give us the spirit, courage and determination to solve these problems and that we will work hand in hand with the law enforcement agencies and the governments of the federation of federal states, local and even town union labours to bring about peace.”

The royal father prayed God to help the country solve the security challenges confronting the people; and asking all to join the royal fathers to find a solution to the problem of insecurity, to work towards peace, unity and togetherness in Nigeria, so that we can have a strong and united nation where God reigns supreme.

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