The Ekiti State Government has disclosed its readiness to organize
seminars for traditional chiefs as part of efforts to promote peace
building in various communities.
The Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, said the move became
necessary to prevent clashes and conflicts between Obas and their
chiefs in a bid to accelerate development in the grassroots.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant (Media), Odunayo
Ogunmola, the Deputy Governor disclosed this while presiding over a
peace meeting with interest groups from Odo Ora Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local
Government following the receipt of a security report on likely
outbreak of violence in the town.
Egbeyemi said the proposed seminar would be tailored towards
engendering peace, unity, harmony and cooperation among Obas and their
chiefs to ensure stability in all communities.
The Deputy Governor explained that the forum would serve as an avenue
to enlighten the chiefs on their functions, roles and limitations in
accordance with the provisions of the Ekiti State Chiefs Laws.
He reiterated that traditional rulers cannot unilaterally remove their
chiefs without due process noting that the state government, through
the Bureau of Chieftaincy Affairs, must be carried along before such
an action is taken.
Egbeyemi also counselled chiefs to always be loyal and diligent in the
performance of their duties which include attending meetings at the
palace and other community engagements before they are entitled to
The Deputy Governor called on all interest groups in Odo Ora to allow
peace to reign urging them to cooperate with their monarch for the
community to move forward.
He said: “We want peace to reign in all our communities and very soon,
we will be organising seminars for traditional chiefs to prevent
crisis with their Obas and to ensure peace in our communities.
“Through such seminars, our chiefs will be enlightened on their
functions, roles and limitations because we want harmony in our
palaces to facilitate development.”
The Deputy Governor enjoined the Obalemo of Odo Ora, Oba Samuel
Akinola Adeyemo, to rule his subjects with patience and extend hands
of fellowship to indigenes who are still aggrieved with his emergence
as monarch in 2017.
The parties in the crisis resolved to embrace peace and go back home
to consolidate on the gains achieved at the meeting.
Oba Adeyemo who thanked the state government for its intervention said
he had always toed the line of peace in the performance of his royal
duties promised to work harder to bring all stakeholders on board for
the development of the community.