Constitutional role for traditional rulers will benefit Nigeria — Ekiti monarch

A former chairman of the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, Oba Ajibade Alabi, has urged President Bola Tinubu and the National Assembly to quicken action on ensuring constitutional responsibilities for monarchs in the country.

Alabi, who is the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, said, “Constitutional roles for the traditional rulers will help in managing security crises, governance and management of the country at large.”

The monarch spoke at Ilawe Ekiti at the weekend during a homecoming ceremony and the conferment of an honorary chieftaincy title on a retired army officer, Major General Adeyemi Adetayo, who hailed from the town.

The Alawe, who described the retired army general as “a pillar of support” to the community, said that Adetayo and his wife, Esther, were honoured with the titles of Jagungbayi and Yeye Jagungbayi of Ilawe Ekiti as a “mark of appreciation for their contributions to the development of the town and numerous assistance to indigenes”.

He called on Tinubu and the federal lawmakers to act urgently on the discussion previously held with federal lawmakers on the issue.

Alabi said, “We hope that in no distant time, something will be done to make traditional rulers in the country involved in governance and administration of the country.”

The monarch, who said that the new Federal College of Education sited in the community would take off at its temporary site along Igede Road, expressed delight with the Federal Government’s approval of N2 billion for the construction of Ilawe – Igede Road, which he said would be of great assistance to the institution and the community.

Adetayo, who lauded the monarch for the honour done him and his wife, said that the chieftaincy had spurred him to step up his support for his people and community.

He urged the federal and state governments to confront challenges bedevilling all sectors of the economy to curb unemployment, which was fueling insecurity.

He said, “If there is employment, half or more of the problems we have in our country would be solved.”

Adetayo also suggested that Nigeria could also have more than one army, like other nations, to reduce some of our national problems.

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