Lai Olurode, professor of sociology and a former National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission has called on traditional rulers to stop been errand boys of political class in our society.
Olurode at a colloquium marking the 12th year anniversary of Oba Abdurosheed Ayotunde Olabomi, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji on December 10 2020, said “For as long as they walk the corridors of powers unsolicited and in their expectation to curry favours of the executive arm of government, traditional rulers would continue to be disrespected, ignored and humiliated.
Some traditional rulers are a nuisance to the executive branch of government and particularly, the governors. Some Kings and Chiefs are an embarrassment to their subjects as they jump at government programmes uninvited.”
The workshop was focused on “Creating Synergy between Traditional Institutions and Government”.
Olurode argued that instead of being sycophants to temporary custodians of power and risk losing their coveted crowns, he advised that they can render consultancy services to governments and its agents in the spheres of land matters, security, revenue mobilisation, peace building and judicial matters among others.
He derided a development where some uncouth traditional rulers have traded off their freedom for ill advised involvement in politics at the detriment of their people and engagement in farming.
He was of the view that the executive branch would always need the services of traditional rulers in reaching the grassroots but that most Oba are in a haste to impress the executive. Unknown to some members of the executive branch, most Oba had since lost touch with reality at the grassroots.
He then urged governments to discontinue the allocation of 5% to traditional institutions and in its place he suggested remuneration by the people based on popularity and acceptability of traditional rulers by their people.
He explained that the practice had encouraged a life of indolence and rendering objective advise to governments at all levels apart fostering sharing mentality and thus entrancing repacious money culture.
He advised governors to see the entire states as their constituency and not narrowly their towns.
Dignitaries at the occasion were Chief Benedict Alabi, the deputy governor of Osun State, who represented his boss, Alh. Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola, Prince Bayo Osiyemi, the representative of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State, Oba Abdulrauf Adedeji, Akinrun of Ikirun, among others.