Yoruba traditional rulers have called for clear constitutional roles for traditional rulers, asking the government to either make them fourth tier of government or replace the existing local government authorities with local councils under traditional rulers.
The monarchs who also described themselves as the chief security officers of their domain demanded the reinstatement of the roles assigned to traditional rulers in the 1969 Constitution to bring about national peace, harmony, progress, adequate security, and advancement of the country.
The monarchs, under the aegis of the Yoruba Obas’ Forum, consisting of frontline Yoruba Obas from South West and North Central states, requested governments to apportion at least 50 per cent of the security votes to the traditional rulers to effectively oversee the security affairs of each domain in conjunction with traditional, native and other government security apparatus
They described traditional institutions as sacred and pivotal to the success and survival of any society
According to them, the government must ensure devolution of more powers to the local government areas under the supervision of traditional rulers; support for agriculture at the rural areas for local consumption and export purposes
The monarchs in a statement jointly signed by the Administrator of the Forum, Michael Ajayi, the President of the Forum and Molokun of Atijere, Samuel Adeoye, and the Forum’s General Secretary who is also the Olukotun of Ikotun-Ile, Abdulrasaq Abioye, described the traditional institution as a significant part of every society, adding that the role of the royal fathers should be accorded due recognition.
“We are the custodians of our customs and tradition and we sustain peace and stability in our domain which are some of the reasons government must accord us our due constitutional roles being the closest to the grassroots.”
“The power sector should be given priority attention with consideration for regional and sub-regional power generation, distribution and transmission to ease the logjam.”
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