Lagos – The Aare Onakakanfo-in-Council, the highest decision-making body of the 15th Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, rose from its quarterly meeting on Sunday, November 10, 2019, with a call on the federal government to treat the deplorable road networks across the country as a national emergency.
The Council, which counsels the 36 states to do the same, reasoned that there is a nexus between the appalling state of our roads and crimes like kidnapping, armed banditry and sundry others.
Fixing the roads, the Council stated in a communiqué issued after the crucial meeting, is a sure way of impeding the activities of criminals who have turned their evil enterprise to mega business across the country.
Coming home, the Aare Onakakanfo-in-Council, in the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, also urged the South West Governors to intensify efforts on its flagship security initiative, code-named AMOTEKUN, for the preservation of lives and property in the region.
Specifically, the Council commended the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, for its decision to support and collaborate with the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, as well as relevant private security organizations, to stamp out crime and criminality in the region, as well as enhance security nationwide.
The Council commended the national initiative to move Nigeria from a mono-economy, based on petroleum, to diversify into other areas of economic activities.
It also urged the Yorubas to support the governors of the South West to achieve success, and the total emancipation of the region as a way of achieving peace, security and stability.
The communiqué vigorously implored the southwest governors to invest heavily on agriculture, agricultural and livestock production, strategic storage, as well as concerted exploitation of the region’s fertile soil and clement climate to feed its teeming populace and gainfully engage the spiraling population of its unemployed youths.
This, the Council noted, is a panacea/antidote to the prevailing criminal activities among that segment of our national population.
Another major decision taken by the Aare Onakakanfo-in-Council is its resolve to shift the celebration of the second coronation anniversary of Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, originally scheduled for January 13, 2020, to January 15, 2020.
This, the Council explained, is in deference to the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, who celebrates his 49th year anniversary on the throne on January 13.
Furthermore, the Council decided that henceforth, the coronation anniversary of the Aare Onakakanfo will hold on January 15 of every year.