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Southwest Monarchs And Meeting Of Deceit With Buhari

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Nigeria News takes a look at the visit of Southwest traditional rulers to President Muhammadu Buhari on the spate of killings in the region.

The earlier visit of the Ooni of Ife, the Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi to President Muhammadu Buhari over the insecurity in the Southwest was highly welcome.

The foremost Yoruba Traditional Ruler was applauded for his high level of maturity and of course his speech at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He must have spoken the minds of the majority of the Yorubas when he posited that strangers had invaded the region and called on the Federal Government to tighten the security in the Southwest.

Ooni Ogunwusi told Buhari that he did not want war in his domain as he advised the need for partnership between the police and the traditional vigilante group to stem the activities of the kidnappers, many of whom now parade themselves as herdsmen.

However, the recent visit by the Southwest monarchs to Buhari looked more like what I will call “Arrangii” visit because of the class of rulers who graced the meeting.

Led by Ooni of Ife, I was expecting to see the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Sikiru Adetona, the Alake of Egbaland, Owa Obokun of Ijesha Land, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, Eleko of Eko, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, Osemawe of Ondo, Ewi of Ado Ekiti, the traditional monarch of Akure, Olubadan of Ibadan.

I also expected the Okere of Saki, the Aseyin of Iseyin and many prominent Obas but it is laughable that almost all of these great kings were absent at the meeting.

Many of the monarchs who attended the meeting were not first-class kings and I can say without any doubt that they may have not represented the minds of the Yoruba Obas. The security issue in Yorubaland had been politicized.

No doubt, Ooni is the co-chair of the National Traditional Council, he is expected to use his position to bring together the firstclass Yoruba monarchs for a strong representation at Abuja meeting.

The meeting, no doubt was arranged by the leaders of the All Progressives Congress to arouse the confidence of President Muhammadu Buhari who is gradually losing his public rating in the region.

Of course, Buhari should worry about the thinking of Yorubas of his government after the killing of Mrs. Funmi Olakunrin, the daughter of Afenifere Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti by suspected herdsmen.

The Alaafin of Oyo, while reacting to the death of Olakunrin said that the country was sliding to anarchy.

Oba Adeyemi did not travel to Abuja. He wrote a letter to Buhari and expressed his worry about the rising spate of killings in Yoruba land and that the people might rise to defend themselves against the marauders’ herdsmen if the government would not provide a solution.

Before then, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had called the attention of Buhari to this in an open letter but was rebuffed.

But it is not also untrue that most of the monarchs in the Southwest, including those who could not make the Abuja trip, are more or less instruments in the hands of the political elites.

They have been bought over long before now. The APC governors and the traditional rulers may have compromised their stance over insecurity in the Southwest.

The Abuja’s meeting is deceit and it shows in the language of the Vice President that soldiers would be deployed in the region for security purpose.

The president also promised to deploy drones to the Southwest to track down the criminals lurking in the rain forest.

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