Traditional rulers in Ogun State have been charged to ensure peace and security to guarantee the safety of lives and property of people in their respective domains.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who gave the charge while receiving the report of the Chieftaincy Review Committee, set up by government to look into security issues, at his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said as traditional rulers, they were closer to the people and therefore should be aware of any occurrence in their domain.
“We know what your roles are in the society, you are not politicians. You know those in yours domains. Please ensure peace and security on your domains”, Governor Abiodun pleaded.
He disclosed that Chieftaincy issue was becoming a security challenge that threatened peace in the State, saying he was confident the Committee had done its best in finding solutions to the lingering issue, stressing that the State government with the help of the Federal government, in recent times, had been able to curtail insecurity, particularly kidnapping.
While hinting that traditional institution would be involved in the State Security Trust Fund scheduled for re-launch very soon, the Governor commended the Committee for working assiduously towards arriving at workable recommendations, assuring that government would study, review and come up with appropriate decisions that would assist in repositioning the institution.
Speaking, the Chairman of the Committee, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, regretted that the prestige of the traditional institution was being eroded, as it had lost respect due to political interference, calling on politicians to be wary of how they treat traditional rulers.
“It is absurd to see traditional rulers in political robes. As traditional rulers, they are to see all the people as their children, irrespective of political affiliations”, he said.
He revealed that the Committee had examined issues leading to its constitution and recommended appropriately, emphasising that upgrading should be within the confine of the law.
“Baales are minor Chiefs. Their upgrade should be recommended by the first class Oba, who appointed them in the first place. Some coronet Obas were upgraded without due consultation. If they are to be upgraded, due process should be followed”, Oba Olugbenle concluded.