Involve monarchs in tackling insecurity, says Gani Adams
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday, urged the involvement of traditional rulers in critical roles in governance for security agents to achieve meaningful results in tackling insecurity.
Adams, who made the call during a congratulatory visit to the Alarere residence of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, said it would be difficult for security agents to achieve meaningful results without involving a sitting king.
He said: “When we had the government of the Western Region, we had a sitting called the Council of Obas. I believe every federating unit should have their Council of Obas. By then, the government will define the role of the traditional institutions where customary matters and chieftaincy can be handled by monarchs. If you don’t allow a sitting king to get involved on the issues of security, it will be difficult for security agents to achieve meaningful results.”
He also urged the Olubadan of Ibadanland to do everything within his power to ensure that the culture and tradition of Yorubaland are given pride of place in the activities of his reign.
Iba Adams said the charge became imperative in view of the strategic position Ibadan occupies in Yorubaland, stressing:
“Whatever is seen being done in Ibadan becomes the norm in other towns and cities.
“Ibadan is regarded as a model and whatever it allowed becomes permissible in other parts of Yoruba culture and tradition and other towns and cities would join.
“The implication of this for the monarch as the custodian of culture and tradition is that values must be protected and necessary encouragement given, while anything that would erode them must be checked,” the Aare Ona Kakanfo added.
Oba Balogun, while responding, lauded the Aare Ona Kakanfo for the way and manner he discharges his responsibilities in Yorubaland, especially the promotion of culture, customs and tradition across the Yorubaland.
The Olubadan admonished Adams to maintain the tempo of his current strides to place the Yoruba in its rightful place traditionally.