The Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Frederick Akinruntan, has stressed the need for unity among traditional rulers in Yorubaland in order to engineer the much needed development necessary to place the race ahead of others.
Akinruntan stated this on Tuesday at Igbokoda, headquarters of Ilaje Local Government Area during the first coronation anniversary of the Odoka of Ogbaro, in the oil-rich community of the state, Oba Obafemi Ogbaro.
The monarch said the region needed the unity and cooperation of the people, particularly the traditional institution, for it to "regain its rightful position in the country".
The monarch said since his assumption of the throne in Ugboland, he had made various moves that had engendered peace and progress in the area.
The Odoka, on his part, urged the youth in the area to continue to eschew violence and nurture the peace of the area.
He said efforts would be made to further ensure that the youth are productively engaged to enable them contribute to the development of the community.
The Odoka also appreciated the efforts of the state government at sustaining peace in the riverside area of the state.
Meanwhile the people of Etikan kingdom in Ilaje LG of Ondo state on Tuesday said the only recipe for peace in the area was for the state government to install the Olikan of Etikan as approved by the local government.
The people enjoined Oba Akinruntan to intervene and plead with the state governor on the matter.
The leaders of the community, during a meeting with the Olugbo held at Igbokoda, noted that one of the major requirements for peace to reign was the installation of the Olikan-elect, Prince Adedoyin Oyetakin.