The newly-promoted Aare Onibon Balogun of Ibadanland, Taofeek Adegoke, has called on the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, to involve traditional chiefs and rulers in the process of tackling the menace of hooliganism and thuggery in the state.
Adegoke made this disclosure shortly after his promotion from the Bada Balogun of Ibadanland, Daily Post reports.
Adegoke and some Ibadan chiefs were, on Friday, promoted by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, who ascended the throne on March 11, 2022.
While expressing worries over the menace in the state, Adegoke advised the governor to involve traditional chiefs and rulers for the effective tackling of the challenge.
“Due to incessant clashes among warring groups and civil disturbance in the Ibadan metropolis, there is the need for the government to involve traditional institutions in governance.
“They are closer to the people. It is high time for the government to take security issues more seriously by delegating constitutional roles to traditional rulers.
“This would afford them to have first hands information on security issues in their various communities and as such, they would know how to address any security challenge that may arise from their domains.
“To reduce insecurity to the barest minimal there should be responsibility for traditional rulers across the board, which should be spelt out constitutionally.
“Government on its part should make traditional rulers more responsible constitutionally to their domain, in order to reduce social vices to the barest minimum.
“Traditional rulers are closer to the people than local government chairmen. It is very hard to see anyone who will not recognise their monarch but they may not even know their local government chairman.
“Therefore, for democracy to thrive, there is the need for the involvement of traditional rulers in governance particularly in the area of security,” he said.