Ooni urges Yoruba obas to return to use of spiritual power

*S’West monarchs seek strengthening of Amotekun

By Nudoiba Ojen

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has urged traditional rulers in Yoruba land to return to the use of supernatural power in protecting themselves and territories against attacks by marauders.

The Ooni said that the use of supernatural powers by the kings is of paramount importance, hence none of them should be disinterested in it.

Oba Ogunwusi spoke on Thursday during the maiden edition of Yoruba Security Summit held following insecurity in the Southwest and killings of royal fathers in Ekiti and Kwara states.

At the end of the summit, a communique was issued and signed by Ooni of Ife, alongside other monarchs, including the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade; Owa-Ajero of Ijero Ekiti, Oba Joseph Adewole; Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Adewale Ajayi, among others.

The monarchs, in the monarch, agreed that Southwest governors should organise regional security summits to tackle insecurity.

They stated, “Yoruba people should take full control of their forests, homelands and farmlands.

“Amotekun Corps should be strengthened in terms of motivation, finances, training and retraining of personnel and that those who are familiar with nooks and crannies of our forests should be recruited into the Amotekun Corps.

“Provision of training grounds for its personnel.

“Provision of modern, state-of-the-art weapons to tackle insecurity as security is local.

“Provision of adequate budgetary allocations to the Amotekun Corps.

“The Yoruba, especially traditional rulers, should make recourse to their natural resources, including natural powers, to combat banditry and kidnapping; that Yoruba Obas should not jettison traditional values.

“Government at all levels should recognise the roles of traditional rulers and factor them into the national security architecture.

“The entire Obas in Yorubaland should work in unison to ward off the evils of banditry and kidnappings, as each of the states can only succeed in chasing the marauders to another state.

‘Any Oba who is disinterested in Yoruba culture and custom should abdicate his throne for anyone who is deeply versed and interested in Yoruba traditions.

“The judicial process should be strengthened to mete out appropriate punishments to culprits or bring them to justice.

“Southwest governors should organise Regional Security Summit at the earliest practicable time, including all stakeholders to chart the way forward and give teeth to all the concerns raised at this summit.

“The security summit calls for strong support for the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the larger interest of Yoruba race.

“The security summit calls on Yoruba traditional rulers to return to the pristine Yoruba traditional, spiritual and cultural values. At all times, the traditional rulers should recognise that, in spite of whatever nature of religion they practise, they must recognise that the stool they preside over is traditional.

“The summit calls on Yoruba traditional rulers to take full possession of their forests, homelands and farmlands.

“The summit calls on local, state and federal governments to employ use of drones and other appropriate technology for the effective surveillance of Yoruba forests and roads.

“The summit agrees that the Yoruba security summit should be held on a quarterly basis so as to capture intervening and supervising variables in our polity.”

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