Insecurity: Involve Traditional Institutions In Governance In Nigeria, Adegoke Tasks Govt

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


Newly promoted Aare Onibon of Ibadanland, Olooye Adegboyega Adegoke on Friday, advocated involvement of traditional institutions in governance, especially in the security aspect.
Speaking with journalists shortly after his promotion from Bada Balogun of Ibadanland to Aare Onibon by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, the new Aare Onibon of Ibadanland said this becomes necessary in view of the closeness of the traditional institutions to the people.
According to the new Aare Onibon, there is  need for the government to involve traditional rulers in governance by giving them specific roles to be accommodated in the Nigerian Constitution.
“Traditional rulers are closer to the people than local government chairmen. It is very hard to see anyone who will not recognise their monarchs, but they may not even know their local government chairman”, he said.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial aspirant pointed out that this would afford them to have first hand information on security issues in their various communities and as such, they would know how to address any security challenges that may arise from their domains.
Olooye Adegoke stressed that there is the need  for constitutional amendment by the National Assembly to accommodate roles for traditional rulers in governance, adding,” it is high time  the government took security issues more seriously by delegating constitutional roles to traditional rulers” .
The founder of Adegboyega Adegoke Resource Centre (AARC), maintained that, “security is germane to the peaceful coexistence of any community and national development”, adding that to reduce insecurity to the barest minimum, there should be responsibility for traditional rulers across  board, which should be spelt out constitutionally.
Emphasising that security is the backbone of any society, which is tied to its social, political, economic and cultural growth, the Aare Onibon of Ibadanland, stated that inadequacy of this vital ingredient of development has led to all manners of social ills, including violent crime such as armed robbery, ritual killings, child trafficking and others.
Attributing the lingering insecurity in the society to lack of job opportunities and bad economy, noting that idle hands are devil’s tool, Olooye Adegoke appealed to all well meaning Ibadan Indigenes across the world to use their connections to bring more developmental projects into the city.  
On his part, the new Aare Onibonpromised to bring more developmental projects into Ibadan  to create more employment opportunities for young elements in the state.

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