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Dasukigate:I am not part of Traditional Council of Nigeria (TCN)-Alaafin

Dasukigate:I am not part of Traditional Council of Nigeria (TCN)-Alaafin

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, on Wednesday, disowned  a body called Traditional Council of Nigeria (TCN), which was believed to have collected a certain amount from the $2.1 billion arms deal  spearheaded by a former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd), currently standing trial.

The prosecution, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had listed TCN as one of the beneficiaries of the fund, a development said to have created a deafening disquiet among the traditional council across the  country.

Alaafin disclosed this at a press briefing to commemorate his 45th coronation anniversary, organised in recognition of  roles in nation-building by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council,

The traditional ruler minced no words in condemning the existence of the council in the first place.

He said he  opposed the setting up of the council when it was mooted few years ago because of the illegality of such an organisation and potential acrimony it could breed among the traditional rulers in the country.

Oba Adeyemi said there can be no centralised TCN because it opposes the federal constitution since it is purely a state matter, adding that, “when you talk of the arms deal fund, to the best of my knowledge, none of the traditional rulers in all the 33 local government areas in this state collected from such money. We are not part of it.”

Lauding President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts in the fight against corruption, he said the revelations so far leaves much than desired.

He, however, cautioned Buhari and the anti-graft agencies on the modus operandi being employed in the fight against corruption, stressing that, “people in authority should know their limitations too and do everything in accordance with the dictates of the constitution in order not to be seen as vindictive”.

On his experience as a traditional ruler in the last 45 years, Alaafin said he has been able to attract a number of development projects to the Yoruba nation and the country at large.

He said he remains the bridge builder among all the traditional institutions in the country with ‘’unmatched historical facts on Yoruba traditional rulers and ascension to the thrones.”

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