Bandits and Kidnappers Now Have Monopoly of Violence in Nigeria — Alaafin

Paramount ruler of Oyo Kingdom; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has expressibly communicated his disgust over the spate of insecurity that currently bedevils the country indicating that bandits and unknown gunmen have seemingly monopolized violence.

Oba Adeyemi decried the unpleasant level of security in the country on Saturday while speaking at the 51st birthday celebration of the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, revealing that the current development was against the norm in Nigeria.

The first-class monarch opined that violence is supposed to be concentrated in the hands of the government, adding that sadly, that was was not the case now.

“The monopoly of violence must be concentrated in government but regrettably, we are not having that now. Bandit and kidnappers now have a monopoly of violence over the government which is the reason we are in this current situation.”

He commended Gani Adams for his steadfastness and doggedness in the struggle for the liberation of the Yoruba race through his campaigns against the unbridled expansionist movement of some Fulani herders, saying he had truly proved the gods right that his appointment as the Are Onakankanfo was divine and prayed that he would lead the Yoruba race for a longer time.

“Gani Adams appointment is divine and based on merit. He didn’t contest for it neither did he struggle for it. He was divinely appointed and my prayer is that he will lead the Yoruba race for a longer time,” the monarch said.

Ekiti State governor who also doubles as the Chairman of the Governors Forum in Nigeria; Dr. Kayode Fayemi spoke highly of the celebrant.

He further noted that it is time for Nigerians to shun religion or ethnic disposition and unite to play an active role in addressing insecurity in the country adding that with love and unity, all the issues fueling agitation in the country would be a thing of the past.

Fayemi, who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Tourism, Mr Wale Ojo-Lanre, called on the Yoruba People not to exercise any form of fear, but ensure they love one another be vigilant, assuring equally that the current situation such as killings, banditry and kidnapping in the land would end soon.

Kogi state governor; Yahaya Bello, Oyo state Governor; Engr Seyi Makinde, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, other traditional rulers and dignitaries were present in Lagos to celebrate with Iba Adams.

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