Monarch Identifies Local Autonomy as Panacea to Security Challenges
The Olowu of Owu Kuta in Ayedire local government of Osun State, Oba Adekunle Oyelude has identified local autonomy as one of the most effective measures to confront security challenges facing Nigeria.
Oba Oyelude therefore posited that a call for restructuring of Nigeria federation must be holistic, bearing the gap that currently existed in local government administration in Nigeria.
Addressing newsmen in his Palace on state of the nation, the monarch explained that if state governors respected the autonomy of Local Governments, allow them unfettered access to their allocations and give them breathing space to act up in their statutory responsibility, the security crisis could be easily mitigated.
He noted that most of the challenges that culminated in serious threat were often small issues that could be tamed at the councils because the native administration would be able to respond swiftly to mobilize all relevant stakeholders to tackle the challenge headlong.
The traditional ruler also spoke of the raging secessionist agitation in the country, remarking that the call for Yoruba nation by a group of individuals was sea on arrival.
The Olowu Kuta of Owu Kuta argued that Nigeria could better managed as a functional federation predicated on equity, fairness and justice, where all citizens enjoy equal access to develop their potential in full capacity, and where healthy competition enhanced development among the federating units.
Oba Oyelude who made allusions to such agitation in Spain and some other parts of the world maintained that the cost of securing secession was too grave and unbearable, making such an adventure unnecessary and unrealistic.
He noted that despite the incalculable human and material loss and long years of securing separation by people of South Sudan, the monarch predicted that South Sudan would soon need another referendum to return to the formal federation going by the carnage, hunger and hopelessness bedeviling them.
Oba Adekunle Oyelade who is also the paramount ruler of Owu people both in Osun and Ogun states called for an amendment of the constitution to provide for traditional institution which he maintained had remained surviving and closer to the people notwithstanding the popularity of Western democracy.