TACKLING INSECURITY: Olowu of Kuta advocates urgent autonomy of local government

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With the prevailing security challenges in some parts of Nigeria, the need for the autonomy of the local government, to reflect the closest governance to the people, is coming to the fore once again.

This time, the call is coming from the Olowu of Kuta Kingdom, Osun State, Oba Hammed Makama Oyelude, at an interactive session with the South West Group of Publishers, held in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The foremost traditional ruler who spoke on sundry issues, including current security situation in Nigeria, roles of traditional institutions and, eroding Yoruba language, said there is an urgent need for autonomy of the local government, to resuscitate the Native Authority because all security issues are local.

Oba Oyelude also explained that, Nigeria’s annual budget on defence and security in general is too low, saying any country that wants to be at peace will spend more on defence and security.

On the call for constitutional roles for traditional rulers, the Olowu of Kuta Kingdom said the institution has been suppressed, and is being beaten and denied of the benefit of crying, with the little five percent of the gross allocation to the local governments approved during the administration of General Sani Abacha.

Oba Oyelude added that, measures are being taken by Yoruba traditional rulers and social-cultural leaders headed by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, in securing the release of the Yoruba Nation Agitator, Sunday Igboho from his detention in the Republic of Benin, through meeting with relevant persons and authorises.

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