By Dayo Johnson
AKURE—THE Association of Concerned Akoko Traditional Chiefs, yesterday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the incessant kidnapping of monarchs and other prominent leaders by suspected herdsmen.
In a petition made available to Vanguard in Akure, Ondo State, the forum wondered “whether kidnapping of our traditional rulers is the reward for voting for the President.”
They maintained that “kidnapping of our people should not be our bonus for supporting the government. Enough is enough.”
In a petition by its President, who is the Olode Agbede of Ikare, Chief J. Olu Ogunsusi; Secretary, the Oluke of Ikare, Chief Adejoro Olamomiara; and their spokesman, the Olodeja, Chief Samuel Ayodele Ojo, the Akoko chiefs said: “It is not gainsaying that there is no presence of any federal institution or infrastructure or small-scale industry or good road in the whole of Akoko land.”
Reeling out names of their royal fathers, prominent leaders and indigenes who have been kidnapped, they said victims include a former Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Victor Olabimtan; Oba Oniyani of Akoko and his chiefs; Regent of Akungba Akoko; wife of former Chairman of Akoko North West Local Government, Mrs. Ogunmilade; a Nigerian Army Officer and native of Akunnu Akoko.
The petition reads: “The recently kidnapped wife of Alauga lamented how she and her driver were inhumanly treated by the suspected Fulani kidnappers by asking them to drink water from the horns of the Fulani cows.
“The President and state governors are the Chief Security Officers of the country while the important role of Kings as Chief Security Officers of their people at the grassroots is immeasurable. Unfortunately, in Akoko land, the reverse is the case.
“It is a stigma on the people of Akoko to witness the incessant kidnapping of Akoko Oba, Regents, their Households and also indigenes of Akoko.