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Ekiti monarch wants traditional rulers involved in fight against insecurity

By Ayodele Afolabi, Ado-Ekiti
24 August 2022   |   3:11 am
The Obaleo of Erinmope-Ekiti in Moba Local Council of Ekiti State, Oba Sunday Aikuraiwo Aniyi, has said that the traditional institution remains a potent tool in solving the problem of insecurity facing the nation.

The Obaleo of Erinmope-Ekiti in Moba Local Council of Ekiti State, Oba Sunday Aikuraiwo Aniyi, has said that the traditional institution remains a potent tool in solving the problem of insecurity facing the nation.

The monarch said that if the royal fathers were made to be part of security architecture at the grassroots level, it would help in no small measure to curb kidnappings and other crimes.

Oba Aniyi, who spoke with newsmen at Erinmope-Ekiti, yesterday, ahead of his coronation anniversary, lamented that kidnappings, terrorism and banditry had become the greatest nightmare facing the nation.

According to him, the royal fathers all over the country must be factored into the current efforts at solving the security challenges being faced all over the country.

He, however, said that the wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, would be honoured with the highest chieftaincy title of ‘Yeye Oba’ of the community.

Oba Aniyi noted that the conferment on the governor’s wife would take place on August 27 as the grand finale of a week-long events marking the coronation ceremony as the 20th Obaleo of Erinmope-Ekiti.

He added that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, is expected to grace the event as the Royal Father of the day, while the state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is the special guest of honour, among other notable personalities from political, academic and corporate world.

The Obaleo, who urged government, stakeholders and well-meaning individuals to partner with his community to create a prosperous municipality that is self-sufficient, self-sustaining and functional, disclosed that his community would soon embark on the mobilisation of private capital to develop existing resources of the community.

According to him, “I urge the government to consider getting our royal fathers actively involved in local security because they are the closest to the people.”