Former president of the republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, today said the hunters are the key to sustaining our forests.
He made this statement at His Hilltop Presidential Library Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria while receiving the members of the Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security service.
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said this because the hunters have mastered the various forest and their locality. He expressed His happiness that for the first time in the history of the country hunters are united as a body to proffer solutions to the challenges of the nation, particularly in a less significant but vital space as the forest.
He made reference to a similar operation that he took upon himself in those years when petroleum pipeline vandalization was an issue. He took it upon Himself having seen the effort put in place by some group of volunteer and patriotic Nigerians under the umbrella of Nigeria Security and Civil Corps (NSCDC) to officially hand over the security of the line to able hands.
Also, the former president charged them to always protect the unity and peaceful coexistence of the citizenry of Nigeria. He further assured the Service that He will do His best to ensure that the prayers of the Services are answered.
The former president was inducted during this visit and was appointed as a national patron.
The Commander General Nigerian Hunters and Forest Security Services (NHFSS) Amb. (Dr.) Joshua Osatimehim had earlier appreciated Obasanjo for the welcome service and added that the only obstacle is the presidential assent.
The commander-general urged Obasanjo to use his good name and influence to pitch their plight to President Muhamadu Buhari for the assent of the bill to law.