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Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by tonybank01: 10:28am On Apr 27, 2019
There are fears that agitation for constitutional role for traditional rulers may make them political. What are your thoughts on this?

In everything, I think we have to go back to history. From the beginning, before the colonialists came, every kingdom or community was governed and administered by the king. When the colonialists came, they realised that to get to the people and pass a message, they had to go through the traditional rulers. That was when they had the indirect rule through the obas. Following that, in the western region, there was the House of Chiefs; notable obas were part of that House. It was like another legislative arm where they put heads together to advise the government. When you look at that period where there was peace, progress with good suggestions, input from the obas, things were going well. I believe it is not right to say that if a platform is created for the obas, wherein suggestions can be made into the policies of government, that the obas will become political. They did not become political in those days; I don’t think any oba will want to become a politician. For instance, if you have 10 political parties in your town, you are the father of everyone. Today, what we do is that obas will give advice; sometimes, it is not even heard. I believe it is much better to create a platform where government can have direct link and that is open and transparent to the public. I think it is wrong to say that because of that, they will become political. These days, if there is any issue, it is the obas that politicians will run to first, regardless of which political party they belong. In every state, there is the council of traditional rulers which is advisory to the government on chieftaincy and related matters. A traditional ruler can’t be partisan. If there is a government in power, the monarch must support it by way of advice and help to pass the policies of the government to their people.

Were monarchs really involved in the running of local governments?

Monarchs were the heads of local governments before. These days, the calibre of people becoming monarchs is intimidating. You have lawyers, judges, PhD holders, medical doctors, engineers, architects, accountants, diplomats and other quality people from all fields who are now traditional rulers. The reservoir of knowledge that these people have should be utilised. I think it will benefit the government at the state and federal levels to get these people involved. These are resources for governments to use. I think the local government, honestly, should be under the monarch of that local government.

The idea of palace courts is assuming a new status in Ekiti State. Do you think they can end rape, land disputes and other communal issues?

In Ikere Ekiti, our structure is such that there is a palace court which is held thrice a week within the palace. Most of the issues that are resolved are civil. For instance, issues between husband and wife, marriage, land dispute, disputes between families and chieftaincy issue. Anything that is criminal like burglary is referred to the police for investigation and possible prosecution. We are able to sensitise our people to the evil of rape and violence against the woman. Once these issues come to the palace courts, we are able to resolve them. Our arrangement is that at the palace court, we have a registrar and all our cases are documented. If any person is not satisfied, they bring it to the king, who will hear what the court has done and he will adjudicate on it. We have had huge success in this regard. Ninety-nine per cent of such cases were resolved. It is even cost-effective.

The scramble for obaship is becoming tougher in Ekiti State, like your journey to the throne. What do you think is responsible for this and what should the towns do?

It is a fact that it is getting fierce. It was only recently that judgement was passed confirming the appointment and coronation of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, who came to the throne 16 years ago as the Oba of Lagos. I believe it is a taint on our tradition and customs. In the past, two or three people would contest to become the king. It is okay for people to aspire to want to be king, but the throne is for only one person at a time. The new law says a prince, who is identified and confirmed by the head of the family that he is a bona fide son of a royal family, is entitled. Of course, there will be many people. But if we follow the path that our fathers followed, all this acrimony will reduce. Just as in politics these days, when somebody emerges, even when a candidate is not willing to contest the election, there are some people who think they can benefit by exploiting the person, urging him to go to court. This is the norm in Yorubaland and it is a shame. I think the laid down rules must be followed. And to prevent this, if there is a vacancy, every candidate should be made to sign to say that whether the candidates are 10 or 40 or whatever, only one person will emerge and because they will have representatives in all the processes, either it is the interview or ifa or voting, you will have representatives. Therefore, all the candidates will sign an undertaking that they will not go to court once a candidate emerges. That commitment should be obtained from every candidate so that when any of them goes to court, he would be asked whether he witnessed the process or not, whether he was at the interview, represented at the ifa oracle consultation and the voting process. And again, I will advise that video coverage of the processes should be made so that everybody can see clearly if there is transparency; if there is manipulation and so forth. I am still in court now with some people who say they are not happy.

For me, there are ways to reduce the controversies that usually follow the appointment of a new king. Recently, I read an article by a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Sinatu Ojikutu. She made a very good suggestion that the appointment of kings should be taken away from the governor as approving authority. Once the kingmakers, the people that God has mandated to choose kings, do the process transparently, then the process should be seen to be completed. In my case, it took over four months after I was elected by the kingmakers before my appointment was approved by the then Governor Ayodele Fayose. This is where politics is brought into the appointment of obas. If the people in government believe they don’t know you, they don’t like you or that you didn’t support them, they can even throw it away and pick somebody that has no vote or who ifa did not pick. That is against our tradition and it has repercussion.

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Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by Redoil: 10:42am On Apr 27, 2019
Monach that knows nothing but marrying a lot of wives

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Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by iammo(m): 12:36pm On Apr 28, 2019
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Hell No,

We want the closest form of Goverment to the people(LGA) to be headed by the most competent set of educated elected people, who have absolute autonomy of resources, administration and control. Many people use the local goverment roads , the markets, primary health centers and the public schools daily without accesing State or Federal assets, roads and infrastructures, We need to concentrate more resources to this level of goverment and Monarchs without tenure would simply turn us from bad to worst.


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Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by samintegrity(m): 12:36pm On Apr 28, 2019
Wisdom indeed is profitable to direct..
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by FreemanUYB(m): 12:37pm On Apr 28, 2019
poor people oya let's masturbate on this!!!
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by LamidicownuBSS: 12:37pm On Apr 28, 2019
Afonja my people
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by Frankiss44(m): 12:37pm On Apr 28, 2019
From frypan to Fire.... They will be worse off.. After all almost of them are now politicians and they don't hide it
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by kaen1317: 12:38pm On Apr 28, 2019
That's when you'll know that your monarch and your politician are one and the same
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by Dalexicographer(m): 12:38pm On Apr 28, 2019
Smh angry
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by hisexcellency34: 12:38pm On Apr 28, 2019
Craze talk
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by StupidInyamiri: 12:39pm On Apr 28, 2019
A Sars officer came to my house and asked where I was between 5 & 6. He seemed really fu¢king pissed when I answered “Kindergarten”

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Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by HitSong: 12:40pm On Apr 28, 2019
Democracy has reduced this clowns to almost nothing.
Imagine obi of onitsha heading a local government grin

And still, there'll be gross corruption.
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by JudgeOGBUNABALI(m): 12:40pm On Apr 28, 2019
grin
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by nwakibie3(m): 12:44pm On Apr 28, 2019
The monarchs want to lay their already filthy hands in the nation’s cookie jar too.

Kole werk
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by nwakibie3(m): 12:45pm On Apr 28, 2019
HitSong:
Democracy has reduced this clowns to almost nothing.
Imagine obi of onitsha heading a local government grin

And still, there'll be gross corruption.

Agbogidi is too big for the post
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by OkunrinOloro: 12:46pm On Apr 28, 2019
grin grin

See as this stupid trado ruler's mumu come deep like pit latrine.

This country is called the Federal "Republic" of Nigeria for a reason.

A Republic is a country that is governed by elected representatives of the people and not by monarchs.

That's why the United States, China, Germany are republics, but the United Kingdom is not.

The big mistake which was made in 1963 when Nigeria became a Republic is that we should have gradually eradicated the office of traditional rulers.

Obafemi Awolowo was on his way to doing this, but desperate politicians who wanted to use traditional rulers for rigging elections never allowed him to complete his mission.

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Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by stagger: 12:47pm On Apr 28, 2019
The writer of that piece seems to forget that Nigeria is made up of 250 ethnic groups with different cultures. That something works a particular way in Yorubaland does not mean it works for an Itsekiri, or an Epie or Andoni man.
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by abbeyty(m): 12:49pm On Apr 28, 2019
See his mouth like they should head local government, looking for more money abi?
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by jrusky(m): 12:49pm On Apr 28, 2019
So Monarch can keep marrying more wives bah

Sir your opinion is good but can't be follow or accepted. Thanks for the opinion.

Next topic pls.....................
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by chloride6: 12:49pm On Apr 28, 2019
Nah...


All officials must be elected..

You can resign from the throne and test your popularity.

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Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by Robbin7(m): 12:49pm On Apr 28, 2019
Another rubbish
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by Mzee1Kahuna(m): 12:53pm On Apr 28, 2019
Monarch? Urgh! I-wish-i-can-unsee&unread-this. We-know-ur-plans..,.,,

Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by Jkt001(m): 12:55pm On Apr 28, 2019
Oh yeah....It's very much Okay if the said Obas are not Human......


They're definitely not talking about Power Hungry human occupying the chairs generally called thrones today....
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by Xerum(m): 12:56pm On Apr 28, 2019
If that is what you want, go and contest in elections. Not this nonsense position u people are holding, where you make little or no contributions, no added value & you are on the government's payroll. while also wielding undeserved influences / power to satisfy only your self interests & ignoring that of the community at large.
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by BrainSanitizer: 12:56pm On Apr 28, 2019
Can someone put this write up in the form of an equation? I hate essays. Except when it's written by James Hardly Chase.
Re: Monarchs Should Head Local Government – Ogoga Of Ikere Ekiti by Archbishop88: 12:59pm On Apr 28, 2019
Redoil:
Monach that knows nothing but marrying a lot of wives
What do u even know....my king has one wife....may u live long than ur fore Fathers.... Oba Adejimi Adu Alagbado, Agirilala Ogbenuotesoro.
Labiyesi oooo

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