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Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has sounded the alarm over the proliferation of fake traditional rulers in the state.
Abiodun alleged that the illegal traditional rulers procured false letters of appointment and paraded themselves as monarchs without following established procedures as stipulated by the laws governing the institution Obaship in the state.
The Governor made this known on Wednesday during the third quarter statutory meeting of the Ogun State Council of Obas, held at the Obas compound, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Governor Abiodun said those involved in such illegal acts do not mean well for the state and traditional institutions.
The governor, who was represented by the state government secretary, Tokunbo Talabi, said, “These individuals would not just confuse the state, but would ridicule traditional institutions.”
He said the current administration would no longer tolerate such unscrupulous activities.
He noted that the traditional institution remains a real platform to root good governance, therefore, any administration that wants sustainable development, must collaborate with it.
Abiodun said his administration has continued to revere traditional rulers as strategic partners in its commitment to an inclusive, just, just, equitable, transparent, accountable society that obeys the rule of law.
“We will not sit back and allow a few unscrupulous elements under our watch to tarnish the image of our state, smear our traditional institutions and ridicule it,” he said.
In his welcoming remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Chiefdom Affairs, Mr. Kolawole Fagbohun, said the ministry was working diligently to ensure the welfare of the monarchs and vacant seats were being filled.
Chairman of Obas Council in the State and Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi in his address thanked the governor for the 50% increase for the four traditional councils.