Former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, has called on incumbent Gov Seyi Makinde to as a matter of urgency, call for a Council of State meeting in order to deliberate on the security challenges facing the state.
The chairman, Elders Advisory Council of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who made the call while speaking with journalists after an expanded meeting of the party, held today at his Ibadan residence noted that a Council of State meeting, comprising of all former governors of the state, both military and civilian, is necessary at this point to save the state from total collapse, security-wise.
A council of state meeting is a statutory organ of government and its function, include advising the executive in policymaking.
“Governor Seyi Makinde needs help in the area of maintaining law and order in the polity. Hence, he should not shy away from that fact.
“He needs to sit down and brainstorm with people who have been there before him to share from their wealth of experience on how certain things are done especially in the area of security.
“Take for instance, at the national level, the president meets periodically with former heads of state and former presidents and all former Chief Justices, among others, at the Nigerian Council of State meeting to review activities of government and seek for advice and interventions where need be.
“This is exactly what Governor Makinde needs in Oyo State at the moment. The peace and stability of the state is a collective responsibility of all. We are all stakeholders in the Oyo State project,” the former governor said.
He said there are seasoned, well trained retired generals who have been military administrator of the state at one time or the other who are still alive and civilian governors who have been on that seat before Governor Makinde.
He added that there are also retired chief judges of the state who will have one or two advises to offer to nip in the bud all these security challenges before it gets out of control.