Traditional rulers from the oil producing areas Thursday expressed worry over the abducted schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State by members of the Boko Haram sect.
They equally bemoaned the activities of the sect in unleashing mayhem on innocent people.
The royal father expressed their concerns when they paid a courtesy visit on President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Fielding questions from State House correspondents after the courtesy call on Jonathan, the paramount ruler of Mgbirichi Abakuruland in Imo State, Eze Akabueze Ikegwuruka, said they were at the Presidential Villa on a courtesy and solidarity visit to the president.
He also disclosed that some issues affecting the nation were discussed when they met Jonathan.
"We are grateful that the president was able to convene the National Conference and we are grateful for the infrastructural development this administration has put in place since its inception.
"We are worried about the issue of Chibok girls and the activities of Boko Haram in general. We are very prayerful that Mr. president has been working assiduously to make sure they are released.
"Pipelines are in our domains and that is why we are advocating a forum so that the traditional rulers in the oil communities will be empowered to provide security against illegal bunkering and pipeline vandalism," the traditional ruler added.