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Chairman Board of Trustee of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and father of the Former Speaker Dimeji Bankole, Chief Alani Bankole has described the upgrading and installing of 75 Obas across Ogun state by the former Governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun as an act of madness.
Bankole spoke at an interview where he addressed the lingering traditional crisis currently rocking the state among the Ake and Ota kingdoms.
The leading promoter of the parliamentary system of government added that a high Chief (Baale) can only be upgraded if only the community has developed beyond the capacity of his stool, saying that reverse was the case in the current matter.
Bankole also stressed that many of the occupants of the new stools are not only alien to the communities but were never high Chiefs in the state.
His words, “Can you imagine somebody upgrading and installing 75 Obas, Is that not madness? For instance, there is an Oba in my local government called the Oluga of Oluga, the population of that place is less than 100 and he installed an Oba there and we are talking about development.
“What we agreed in Egbaland was that, whenever we have a town developing and the Baale can no more effectively control them, then we would recommend that such baale be upgraded to an Oba.
“But the question again is that, Were many of this Oba-elect baales before they were installed as an Oba?. In fact, so many of them do not live in the town, all they are interested in is to sell the lands in the town.”
Bankole who is a kingmaker and the Oluwo of Iporo Ake further explained that the boundary crisis currently causing uproar between the Ake and Ota people is needless but added that traditionally the Egba people owned the boundaries being fought over by both dynasties.
“Ogun state has three senatorial districts and the paramount ruler in Ogun west where he( the Olota) belongs to, is Olu of Ilaro, why don’t he go there ?.
“That is one of the abnormalities the politicians brought to the system, We had the United Egba government in 1898 to 1951 and the then Alake was the President of that government, the Olota of Ota was not even a minister in that cabinet.
“Traditionally the Egbas own the boundaries which they are fighting over”.
Also on the solution to many problems facing the country, Bankole added that the only gift President Muhammadu Buhari can give to Nigeria is to return to the Parliamentary system of government.
He added that Nigeria politicians are not ripe enough for the Presidential system of government adding that there is too much power concentrated to the Presidency.
“The best gift President Buhari can give to Nigeria if truly he wants to fight corruption which I believe he is fighting, is for him to reverse the Presidential system to the parliamentary system of government.
“The Presidential system has concentrated too much power in the hands of the President. Also, those practising politics in Nigeria are not ripe enough to practice the Presidential system of government.
“If Nigeria is restructured by giving more power to the state government, in my opinion, it will only worsen the system.
“How do we explain in the case of Ogun state where all the resources of the state has been spent on only two local government, what then happens to the rest of the 18 local governments.
“Therefore, If President Buhari wants to be remembered he should return our system of government to parliamentary system. He should be the last President.
Honestly, Nigeria is going to the point of collapse and the only thing that can be done to rescue the situation is for the President to go back to the parliamentary system of government.” He added