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Royal Father Makes Case For Buhari

Posted: Jul 22, 2015 at 6:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yemi Adebisi



Before the advent of colonialism, traditional rulers played prominent roles in the political, social, cultural and economic administration of their various localities.  

They were parts of the immutable African culture which ensured harmony and stability in the society.  However, the situation changed when colonial rule was imposed on African societies which Nigeria is an integral part.  It was at this period that Traditional Rulers were subordinated and became instrumental for the realisation of the objectives of the indirect rule system.

Traditional rulers today are still highly respected in many communities, and have considerable political and economic influence. Although they have no formal role in the democratic structure, there is intense competition for royal seats amongst the finite pool of eligible dynasts.

They also mediate between the people and the state, enhancing national identity, resolving minor conflicts to immortalise peace and unity.

One reason for their influence may be that the people of many ethnic groups have limited ability to communicate in the official English language, so the traditional ruler serves as an interpreter and spokesperson.

One of the dependable royal fathers in Ogun State, who has unequivocally enjoyed the cooperation of the entire community partly for his rare hospitality is  the Olu of Igbeinland, Oba (Dr.) Festus Oluwole Makinde.

The Oba, who solemnly marked his 77th birthday on Friday, July 10, 2015, used the occasion to caution political analysts on the ongoing criticism against the slow pace at which President Muhammadu Buhari has been handling governance since he was sworn in on May 29, 2015.

Oba Makinde, who spoke with Oduduwa in his palace at Mowe town, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area, Ogun State, said he was optimistic of a better Nigeria stressing that it takes a changed person to change the society.

Expressing his appreciation to members of the community and his subjects for their support, the royal father said, having served formally as military head of state, he was sure that Buhari understood Nigeria’s problems but needed ample time to restructure the country.

He said for Nigeria to move forward, critics, opposition party members and others should give him a benefit of the doubt and allow him to settle down properly to implement the promises he made before election.

His words: “I, Oba Festus Oluwole Makinde, use this opportunity of my 77th birthday celebration to congratulate President Buhari on his ascension to the presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I wish him a successful tenure. I want to use this opportunity to advise Nigerians to give President Buhari a breathing space in order to be able to move Nigeria to the right direction. He should not be hurried to take action. President Buhari has ruled this country before and I am sure he understands the problems of Nigeria.”

He said President Buhari and his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo have begun to lead by example judging from the recent decision to slash their salaries.

“I want to take this opportunity to personally express appreciation to the presidency for the valiant step taken for slashing of their salaries. I expect other arms of government to follow suit.” Reacting over an attempt by the Federal Government to negotiate with Boko Haram contrary to Buhari’s promises before election, the royal father said the president should be allowed to use every available means within his reach to move the country forward.

“On the issue of Boko Haram, he had started well and I am sure he will end well.” Oba Makinde also commended the efforts of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, for strategic restructuring of Nigeria Police Force (NPF) saying, the recent decision to return the officers to the road for ‘stop and search routine check’ was a welcome development.

“Nigeria is a difficult country and should not be let loose. Dubious people may use the opportunity of removing road blocks and be doing havoc especially the good ones. Care should be exercised in that direction.”

And like in the words of Martin Luther King which says, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way,” Oba Makinde promised to explore his invaluable skills to lead alright.