A lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Dr Obafemi Jegede, says nobody can kidnap a traditional ruler who performs his mandatory traditional rituals before getting to the throne.
Jegede, who is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of African Studies, said this in Ibadan on Sunday.
According to him, it is a disgrace and abomination to the culture of such domains where traditional rulers are kidnapped.
“Let me state at this juncture that those traditional rulers who were kidnapped did not actually pass through the mandatory traditional rituals that could prepare them to withstand any evil.
“In an ideal situation, a king cannot be kidnapped and those who are kidnapped are those who failed to perform normal rituals.
“This also borders on the extent to which the processes leading to the selection of traditional rulers have been watered down.’’
The don said the chosen monarch may not be patient enough to undergo all the processes to the letter.
“You can never hear that the Oni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, or Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, are kidnapped, it is not possible, traditional rulers are supposed to be deities of their domains.
“They are meant to be immune against any form of evil,’’
Jegede added that monarchs who refused to uphold the culture and tradition of their people are more vulnerable to evils like kidnap.
The Bagii of Saaki, High Chief Abdulrasheed Adegoke, attributed high level of corruption to the cause of kidnapping of traditional rulers in the society.
According to Adegoke, there is a high rate of crime in the society and that kidnapping is one of those crimes.
“There is poverty in the land, youths are idle and they have resorted into all sorts of crimes including the kidnapping of traditional rulers.
“There is corruption in our culture, moral values and so on; it is only God that can deliver us.
“Any leader or traditional ruler who assumes office through corrupt means automatically brings the punishment on his people,” the traditional ruler said.