Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, says the desire of Yoruba to produce the next president of Nigeria in 2023 is a collective assignment.
The monarch has also vowed that Yoruba would defend their land in the interest of Nigeria’s unity, declaring his support for a united Nigeria.
Oba Adeyemi spoke when the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, visited him in his palace in Oyo on Monday.
He lamented the continued failure of the Nigerian system due to worsening insecurity, stating that security should be removed from the exclusive legislative list to allow the state governors to effectively check insecurity.
The monarch, however, expressed regret that state governors described by the constitution as the chief security officers of their individual states “are toothless.”
Alaafin said, “Nigeria is under weak system. The system is no more working. Nigeria’s system of government is failing most especially on security. Security should not be under exclusive legislative list. I’ve attended several fora where security issues are discussed but I used to challenge our state governors. Security wise, they are toothless. If the Inspector General of Police orders for the release of a suspect, no state governor can reverse such order. We have put machineries in place and arrested many kidnappers. We handed them to the police but many of them were later released. This calls for sober reflection.
“The agitation for a one Nigeria is noted in the activities of Oluwo. His assignment to lead a united Council of Yoruba Obas is equally noted. The call for ensuring Yoruba produce the next president is a collective assignment. We will defend our land (Yorubaland) while we lend a voice to one Nigeria. I hereby declare for one Nigeria.”
Alaafin and the Oluwo also warned Nigerians from all sections of the country against making inflammatory statements.
The monarchs, however, bemoaned the destruction of farms by herders and killing of innocent farmers.
Oluwo of Iwo earlier appealed to the Yoruba people to apply wisdom in their agitation for secession, stressing that there is strength in the nation’s diversity.
The monarch also appealed to all Yoruba to support efforts by the region to produce the next president of the country under a united Nigeria, rather that toeing the injurious path of division.
Oba Akanbi challenged secession agitators to recall their representatives in the National Assembly, stressing that was the only way they could convince everyone that they were serious about seceding from the rest of Nigeria.
He described as uncultured statements made against Yoruba monarchs by some of the secession agitators.
The monarch warned the secession agitators abusing some Yoruba royal fathers for not backing their demand for a separate country to exercise caution in their approach to the issue.