The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, on Saturday, raised the alarm that bandits and kidnappers have relocated to Kwara and Kogi States respectively, noting that the spate of insecurity in the two states is becoming disheartening and alarming.
Speaking at the 2021 edition of Oya Festival in Ira, Kwara State, Adams decried the increasing rate of kidnapping in the state, adding that reports at his disposal indicated that some criminal elements have relocated to the state.
He, however, urged Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasak to create a state security outfit that can help combat the growing influx of bandits and kidnappers.
He said: “Governor AbdulRasak needs to provide adequate security for the people of the state as well as the visitors. The report that some of the bad elements, including bandits and kidnappers, have relocated to Kwara and Kogi states is alarming; the Kwara state government needs to improve on the security situation in the state by using the Amotekun structure to combat the growing spate of insecurity in the state.
“The success recorded in securing the southwest through Amotekun is encouraging and the security initiative is yielding positive outcome.”
The Yoruba generalissimo stated further that Oya is one of the ancestors of Yoruba and a model for women, adding that the governor needs to explore the tourism potentials of the state
He said: “There are over 84 tourist sites in Kwara state. These are places of interest for tourists and the people of the state. In Kwara State, there is the popular Esie Museum, Asa Dam, Owu Waterfalls, Sobi Hill, Jebba and Okuta Ilorin among others.
“It is the responsibility of the Kwara state government to explore the tourism potentials of the state in the most amazing way. Tourism all over the world is a big business and Kwara state cannot be left out in the new business. That is why it is very important for the governor to explore the tourism potentials of the state.”
Meanwhile, the Guest Lecturer, Mr Olaniyan Olusoji, in his speech, said there is a need for Yoruba to sustain the culture, tradition and heritage of the race, adding that the only way to sustain the tradition is to promote festivals and document the history of Yoruba people.
Olusoji said: “It is our responsibility to keep our language, rich culture, tradition and heritage from going extinct. By creating festivals like these, we can easily project the Yoruba tradition for the next generation.”