By Seyifunmi Odunuga
Former Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Fatai Oladipupo over the weekend said that the failure of some of Ibadan elders causes a spate of insecurity in the metropolis and the state as a whole.
Ex AIG stated that security challenges in Ibadanland wouldn’t have worsened to this stage in the town if High Chiefs and Mogajis in Ibadanland has done the needful by engaging unemployed youths in the town on dangers associated with insecurity.
Oladipupo, who was represented by CSP Akeem Adedeji while speaking during the Ibadan Compound Sports Competition/Fiesta meeting held at Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort, Ibadan, stated that insecurity is the biggest challenges currently confronting Ibadanland, adding that this has caused damages to the land which hindered meaningful developments in the town.
According to him, some leaders in Ibadanland are only concerned about their selfish interest without considering the interest of others, saying that poverty and unemployment is one of the factors responsible for insecurity in Ibadanland because the majority of Ibadan youths are jobless with no means of livelihood which makes them become thugs and touts for politicians.
Fatai Oladipupo however said that there is a need to reduce the poverty level among the youths, focus on economic developments, redirects youths from crimes and criminality, and address the issue of economic and social youths unemployment
Meanwhile, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji said that he is not happy concerning the problem, saying that there is a need to involve all stakeholders at the grass route to promote security in the land.
The monarch lamented that unemployment, laziness and lack of family planning as the cause of insecurity in the land, calling on all heads of families (Mogajis) to rise to the occasion and do the needful through different engagements like sports and other economic activities so that they can also be useful to themselves and their family
The chairman of the event, high Chief Bayo Oyero in his remark described the meeting as a good initiative, adding that it should turn to a yearly program and as a pecial committee should be set up for its continuation.
The President General of Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, (CCII), Chief Yemi Soladoye stated that the impact of CCII on the development of Ibadanland is enormous, saying that there is a need to find a lasting solution to the problem of unemployment among youth in the Ibadan metropolis.