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NASS urged to restore monarchs’ powers

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By Akintola Timothy

TYB foundation urges reenacting roles of traditional rulers as insecurity looms.

Nigeria’s social space has and is still being devastated by reoccurring cases of insecurity threats such as terrorism, civil unrests, kidnapping and overt banditry. As a result of this increased insecurity rate that has ravaged the country, government of various countries continue to warn their citizens against traveling to Nigeria. As such, this rampancy of this menace have socially and economically affected the development of the country. Numerous reports over the last months have punctuated the continued growth in the rate of insecurity across the country and despite the consistent assurances from the Federal Government as to curbing this menace, there has been a significant prevalence in the this problem.

In light of the increase in the rate of insecurity, different expert opinions have surfaced as to measures to enact for curbing this menace. One of the valid opinions given to salvage the security situation was by the Tukur Yusuf Buratai Humanity Care Foundation which recently urged the National Assembly to consider re-enacting the roles of traditional leaders in matters that concerns religion, justice, security and other ancillary issues as established in the Nigerian constitution.

Influence of social media, detrimental to cultural development.

A statement issued by Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, Sadaukin Keffi, the National Coordinator of the foundation, the role of the present constitution in relegating the traditional institutions to the background was pointed out. He recalled that the decrees of military heads of state such as Ironsi’s 1966 Unitary Government Decree, Gowon’s 1967 Local Government Reform Decree and Obasanjo’s 1976 Local Government Reform Decree were responsible for stripping traditional rulers of their powers and granting these responsibilities to the local government champions.

He stated that prior to the 1976 Local Government Reform, Nigeria witnessed immense progress, peace and harmony, as well as decent traditions and cultures. He pointed out that today, the influence of social media and unrestricted content which are detrimental to the development of our cultures and traditions have continually abetted the subversion of our values. He noted that Nigerians had to be conscious of the fact that subverting the values of culture was to make any sovereign nation weak and eventually collapse.

Roles of traditional rulers not recognized by the 1999 constitution.

Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (rtd), the grand patron of the foundation noted his observation of modern Nigeria’s origin was shaped on the basis of its political, social and economic roots of Nigeria’s kingdoms, empires and chiefdoms which had been established before the advent of colonialism. On further expounding the systemic traditional values, he noted that these traditional roles were administered by Emirs, Obas and Obis. Importantly, it was noted that these traditional rulers were endowed with authorities that helped ensure peace and less inflict around the communities, giving criminals no hiding place. With the traditional rulers, he noted that peace and progress were achieved.

General Buratai stated that now, the traditional rulers had no legal or constitutional backing to enhance responsibilities within their communities, as they are not even recognized by the 1999 constitution. He regarded this as an immense departure from other constitutions that recognized the responsibilities of the traditional rulers and assigned roles to them such as maintaining peace and order within their communities, and making it easier for the efforts of the police and military forces. He indicated that the foundation was in full support of the position of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria and urged for traditional rulers to be assigned with conflict and security management responsibilities across their communities.

Lawmakers urged to support the position of traditional rulers.

The Tukur Buratai Humanity Care Foundation also indicated its agreement with the traditional rulers regarding the constitutional provision that allows each state to enact laws to cater for its own specific matters as related to traditional rulers in their various states. Buratai however commended the Senate Constitution Review Committee, urging lawmakers both on the national and state levels to further support the position of the council of traditional rulers of Nigeria. He also urged politicians to abide by the electoral laws for the impending elections.


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1 year ago

NASS urged to restore monarchs’ powers – TYB foundation urges reenacting roles of traditional rulers as insecurity looms. – Express your point of view.

jdpumping
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1 year ago

I’m in total support because the roles of traditional rulers cannot be o or emphasized in this situation because they are natural custodians of their communities and they can mobilize and take charge with the help of security forces in improving security.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

Because of frequent security threats like terrorist attacks and civil unrest, Nigeria’s social environment has been and continues to be very messed up.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

Due to the dramatically increased rate of criminal activity that has wreaked havoc across the nation, governments in a number of other nations continue to advise their citizens against traveling to Nigeria.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

it is the responsibility of the National Assembly to consider re-enacting the functions of traditional leaders in situations that involve religion.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

As a result of the rise in the incidence rate of insecurity, a variety of well-informed viewpoints concerning the steps that should be taken to combat this threat have emerged.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

It was observed that these traditional rulers have authorities that contributed to the maintenance of peace and a reduced risk of affliction among the communities.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
1 year ago

People in Nigeria needed to be made aware of the reality that corrupting cultural norms was a surefire way to bring about the downfall of any sovereign nation in the long run.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
1 year ago

The foundation agreed with the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria and advocated for traditional leaders to be tasked with ensuring community safety and resolving conflicts.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

That is why the confab is so important. Power should be return to these traditional rules they know their community very well and can use their power to curb political, religious crises including the farmers – herders conflicts that has become a common thing in the country.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

The traditional ruler also can help in the insecurity of the country that will be extra hand with the hard work of the government. We need to strengthen the security of the country to make every where peaceful

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

The roles of our traditional rules in the country can’t never be over emphasized. They play a key role in ensuring security of the nation.It will be advisable for the NASS to restore their powers to be able to address the insecurity in the country.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
1 year ago

Our traditional rulers also have their contribution to the state matter considering their influence in the communities. I support given them the adequate capacity and authority to exercise their various duty to there state and country as a whole.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
1 year ago

NASS urged to restore monarchs’ powers. So many problems in Nigeria. I only pray for me better president to surve all this problem in Nigeria

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
1 year ago

It is very painful that those people that wrote 1999 constitution didn’t give any role to the traditional rule and with this lots of things has gone astray because these people are the custodian of culture and moral.

theApr
theApr
Member
1 year ago

As the prevalence of insecurity has increased, several knowledgeable opinions about the measures that should be taken to counter this threat have surfaced.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
1 year ago

Since traditional leaders are the natural guardians of their communities and may mobilize and take charge with the aid of security forces to improve security, I fully support them in their roles in this situation.