With panel of inquiry into the fallout of the EndSARS protest settling down for business, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has said those he called resourceful traditional rulers deserve seats in the panel
In a statement by the Oluwo Press Secretary, Mr Alli Ibraheem, Oba Akanbi stated that aside police stations, palaces are always primary points of contact in face of security threat or security brutality, calling on the government to reconsider its stance over composition of the panel to benefit from traditional rulers’ inputs as effective mediators.
He further said that security is one of the primary duties of every monarch because, according to him, they are actors in the struggle, and must be given necessary assignment to constructively address the angers of Nigerian youths.
“Palaces were part of the target of most EndSARS protesters because of our place in securing our community and managing crisis. At this critical time, monarchs input are of immense value. We were seriously affected because the youth expected much from us because the victims were our children. I want to appeal to both the federal and state governments to include resourceful traditional rulers into their respective panel of inquiry,” he said.
The Oluwo assured government that traditional rulers are ready to make contributions towards finding enduring solutions to the problem, adding that the two palaces destroyed by the angry youths were testimonies that monarchs are part of security actors.
“I will equally appeal to government to strengthen traditional rulers with security vote. Much more would have been done should we have access to such,” he noted.