By OLA AJAYI
IBADAN — The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has called on the United States of America, USA, to intervene in the security challenges in Nigeria.
The call was made, yesterday, when he was receiving the US Consul-General to Nigeria, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins, in his palace.
Oba Adeyemi said: “Nigeria is facing serious challenges in the area of security. I want to use this occasion to ask you, formally, to get the American government to assist Nigeria in terms of security.
“We appeal to America, as a strong ally of Nigeria, to rise and help. Time is ripe for America to help us. A part of the problem is that our country has porous borders. That is one of the reasons why Nigeria is being invaded.”
On culture, the monarch said: “We live in a fast changing world. While things are changing, we have kept vital aspects of our culture alive. As human beings, we have to preserve our culture to know where we came from.”
Earlier, Hawkins said: “I do not know how to play the talking drum. But we appreciate the Yoruba culture and your kindness. We are here to explore and understand your culture. We understand that at a time this kingdom spanned across many countries in Africa.”
The American also told Oba Adeyemi that he and his entourage were also interested in knowing the roles of traditional kings in modern Nigeria.
Retired Methodist Archbishop, Ayo Ladigbolu, described the Alaafin as a leading Yoruba monarch, adding that it was the Alaafin that signed a peace treaty on February 3, 1893 as the representative of the Yoruba.