Security Challenges: Monarch appeals to FG to empower traditional rulers to end incessant security challenges in the country

A prominent traditional ruler in Ogun state, the  Onibudo of Ayetoro Budo-Ota, His Royal Highness, Oba Adewunmi Odutala has appealed to federal government to empower traditional rulers in the country with constitutional role to salvage the country from the ceaseless insecurity challenges.

Oba Odutala made the appeal at the weekend during his 3rd coronation anniversary held in his palace.

Oba Odutala opined that if the government could give traditional rulers autonomy to control their domains, it would reduce security threats confronting the country.

According to him, the traditional rulers are familiar with their domains and know everyone living in their communities, saying it would be difficult for an alien to migrate to the community without the knowledge of the monarch controlling the domain.

He said, when such a law is passed, the traditional rulers should be made answerable directly to the state governor.

"It is when the government learns to recognize the importance of traditional rulers, then the country will know peace. Every traditional ruler knows everybody in their community.

"The security problem in Nigeria today is because the Kings are not recognized. We are not given the rightful position, it is during the election period that they recognize us. They come around, pay homage and after the election, they are no more. It is another four years and they will come back.

"I am clamoring for it, let the government give us a constitutional role, let us have independent power to manage our community, and let us be accountable to the governor directly. Position of a king is too much to be ceremonial."

Speaking on the new traditional law for burial rite of traditional rulers in Ogun state recently passed by the State House of Assembly, Oba Odutala said the new law would encourage many religious leaders to get involved in the kingship process.

He said, " To me, it is a welcome development. It is a dream come true for me. I'm a Christian and by the grace of God, I never practiced any religion. This act has deprived so many of us of accepting to become a king in our father's land.

"That law to me is a welcome development. We pray over it and God answers our prayer. My culture should not be mixed with my religion. Because I'm a king, I should not be diabolical. 

"Becoming a king should not force me to be diabolical. This law is the best thing this administration has done to the chieftaincy institution."

Meanwhile, the five days coronation anniversary witnessed free medical outreach including free cancer screening, free eye surgery for 36 aged, free malaria treatment, and the installation of chiefs.

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