The Alayetoro of Ayetoro Ekiti, Oba Samuel Olufisan Ajayi has advocated small percentage of the state’s Secuirty Vote should be given to that traditional rulers inorder to confront the ravaging menace of insecurity across the land
Speaking with to newsmen at the sideline of the 20th coronation anniversary ,Oba Olufisan argued that any security arrangement which excluded the traditional institution is bound to fail.
The monarch maintained that no one knows the terrain and security Architecture of any community like the traditional heads of that community .
He therefore urged the Federal Government to give specific role to traditional rulers in the nation’s security architecture.
Oba Ajayi who lamented that the security situation has worsened and got out of control, said that monarch should be given a role in the constitution to be involved in the security of their communities.
The Ayetoro king said that the current situation also called for a meeting of traditional rulers of the south west.
According to him, the monarchs must brainstorm of how to solve the insecurity problem, “because no one else knows our terrain more than us”.
Oba Ajayi who also called for establishment of the state police, added that, the current insecurity was caused majorly by negligence on the part of the government.
“The moment the Chad Basin was dried up and the herders started moving southward, we neglected to police our porous borders.
“So, the situation we are in now, has made it imperative for us royal fathers to brainstorm and find a way to solve the problem of insecurity. Government should mobilise the traditional rulers with financial resources to enhance security in their domains.”
Also speaking at the event , former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has lauded Oba Ajayi leadership style which he said, has contributed to the development of Ayetoro Ekiti community.
Obasanjo who was the special guest of honour at the 20th Coronation Anniversary, commended the monarch for bringing peace and development to the community.
“You told us of the progress made since your ascendency, if one is not blind, one can see for himself that development has been brought to this community.
“Continue to do what you are doing because it has a cost and whatever the cost may be, be ready to pay the cost.”
The highlights of the occasion was the conferment of the honorary title of Yeye Oba of Ayetoro Ekiti on the wife of the late paramount ruler of Akure, Dr Mojisola Adesida by Oba Ajayi.
Dignitaries at the occasion included the former governor of Ondo State, Dr Segun Mimiko, royal fathers from Ekiti and Ondo States, among others.