…As Olubadan says 3-year-old Ibadan Chieftaincy crisis finally resolved***
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, has commended inter-agency collaboration among security services in the state, saying it has greatly boosted the security situation.
Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Makinde, quoted the governor as making this assertion during a reception organised for the 163 newly promoted senior officers of security agencies in Oyo state, held at the Lawn Tennis Court, Police Headquarters Eleyele, Ibadan.
The governor said that the collaboration among the police and other security agencies in the state had helped the task of maintaining peace, security and protection of lives and property of the people in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
He said that the collaborative efforts of all the security agencies in state had helped to reduce crime to the barest minimum.
Makinde stressed that the inter-agency collaboration among the security agencies has made the objective of securing the state easy to achieve.
He thanked the all the officers and men of the security agencies in state for making the state secured.
“I want to also specially appreciate the good work of the heads of the security agencies; the CPs, the Immigration Comptroller, Commandant of the NSCDC for the collaborative effort, because I know that there is no single agency that can cover this entire state alone,” he said.
Makinde, who described the inter-agency collaboration among security agencies in the state as top-notch, noted that there was always eagerness from one agency to assist the other in achieving the objective of securing the state.
He tasked the security agencies to “keep up” collaborative spirit and not relent in pursuing the goal of keeping Oyo state safe and peaceful.
The governor, while congratulating the newly promoted Senior Officers, charged them to see their promotions as call to do more for the country and urged them to be good ambassadors of the state.
He charged those still expecting their promotions to work harder, praying that God would uplift them in due course.
According to him, the heads of the security agencies cannot function and deliver without all of you that are seated here tonight.
“Those that have been promoted should know that it is a call to do more and those who are still expecting their promotion, by the grace of God, it will come but you have to work very hard.”
Earlier in his remarks, Mr Shina Olukolu, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, appreciated the administration of Gov. Makinde for the huge support it has been giving to the security in the task of securing the state.
Olukolu noted that the Makinde administration, in just seven months, has surpassed the previous administrations in the state in terms of provisions to enhance the performance of the police in securing the state.
He added, “Some of the things that make officers of all the services to want to continue rendering efficient, dedicated services to the society, which will enhance their performance, are training and retraining, logistics to carry out their operations, welfare matters and appreciation.
He stated further that the police and other security agencies in the state would continue to work together to maintain peace and security of lives and property across the length and breadth of the state.
He appealed to the governor to continue to ensure that security remains top priority in his administration.
In the meantime, the Olubadan of Ibadan-land, Oba Saliu Adetunji on Sunday said that the three-year-old Ibadan Chieftaincy crisis had been resolved peacefully and thanked God for peaceful resolution of the crisis.
The monarch, who made the disclosure at the installation of the new Araba of Ibadan-land, Chief Ifalere Odegbemi Odegbola II at his Popoyemoja palace, Ibadan, urged the people to rejoice in the Lord over the development.
The ceremony was attended by some traditional leaders from the six South Western states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States.
Adetunji noted that the peace and harmony pervading the Ibadan Chieftaincy fold now would not have been possible if not for God, lovers of Ibadan and the good people, who insisted on non-interference by the government in the system.
“One of the definitions of tradition is that whatsoever is good for our forefathers should also be good for us. Every aspect of the Yoruba tradition and customs we champion must be preserved and protected.
“One, chiefs are no longer addressed as monarchs as this has become unlawful. Two, we have stopped indiscriminate wearing of beaded crowns and coronets.
“Three, high chiefs, senior chiefs, other chiefs and Mogaji, who could not go forward because of the previous government’s interferences in the chieftaincy system have been elevated to appropriate titles.
“Four, the titled chiefs have also been posted to different Local Government Traditional Councils by Olubadan. Five, no lost of lives in the crisis. Six, some people insulted me but I did not revenge,” he enumerated.
The monarch said that he had thought it would take 25 years for normalcy to return to the polluted Chieftaincy system, expressing joy over the de-escalation of the tension.
“I am happy today to report to Nigerians that all we hold sacred is intact and secure as all our people spread across 21 towns, 1,681 villages, 11 local government councils of Oyo State are most grateful for the de-escalation of the tension,” he said.
Adetunji thanked Gov. Seyi Makinde and former Gov. Rashidi Ladoja, the Osi-Olubadan for the restoration of peace and order to the fold.
He said that generations yet unborn would not forget their labour of love to Ibadan-land.
The monarch urged Ibadan people to be willing to forgive those who contributed in one way or the other to the crisis.
Adetunji admonished them not to forget the lessons learnt, which included patience, forbearance, forgiveness, meekness and spirit of brotherhood.
“If not for meekness, some people who got elevated should have been sanctioned in accordance with the provisions of Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration,” he said.
The monarch enjoined the new Araba of Ibadan-land to continue to show loyalty to Ibadan and Olubadan.
The Araba of Osogboland, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon offered prayers for continued peace and growth of Ibadan, Yorubaland and Nigeria.