Monarch backs scrapping of Senate
Flays govt’s appointment of kings
The Onibudo of Ayetoro-Budo in Ogun State, Oba Adewunmi Odutola, has joined the chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, and ex-governor of Lagos, Bola Tinubu, to call for the scrapping of the Senate, adding that the upper chamber has outlived its usefulness. He also condemned the involvement of government in the appointment of traditional rulers.
Speaking on the forthcoming Praise Night to be hosted by his palace next week, he said instead of the senators to come up with laws that would ameliorate the suffering of the masses, they rather disintegrate communities by taking over appointment of kings and enacting laws on hate speech that had already been taken care of by laws of sedition and libel, among others.
“I wonder why the senators are not interested in passing laws to make stealing of public funds a capital punishment, yet want hate speech to carry death penalty. In fact, the House of Representatives is enough to make laws and oversight functions which both chambers presently handle,” he stated.
According to him, kingship is sacred and the government needs to be careful while meddling in it.“I recently read on the paper that a king was disposed after 20 years on the throne by the Supreme Court. It is very wrong. There are right ways of doing things. Do you think his people will accept the judgement? This would only cause unrest,” he declared.
The monarch lamented individuals’ use of influence and political position to impose kings on the people.He noted that in a situation where the government created kingship in a community with an existing ruler such as a Bale, he should be upgraded to a king.
Speaking on the debilitating state of Nigerian roads, he called on the government to hastily make repairs as it had become a boost to banditry.
Odutola lamented that his community’s bad roads encouraged thieves with motorcycles to easily steal and go scot-free, as the nearest police station is very far from the community.He cautioned commercial riders who aid robbery and kidnapping that their dubious acts were like an ill wind that blows nobody any good.