Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Politicians want specific roles for traditional rulers

28 January 2013, 07:35

Lagos - Some politicians in Lagos have suggested that traditional rulers be assigned specific roles in the ongoing Constitution review process.

Chief Ajibade Emi-Abatta, the Lagos State Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), noted that during the military era, traditional rulers were assigned certian roles.

"But if they make it official, the traditional rulers will now know that they have responsibilities, especially in securing their areas.

"They should be given specific roles which can be described by the government of the day and how to go about.

"They should not be given the type of role that will make them involve in politics because they have different political parties in their domains," Emi-Abatta said.

Also commenting, Alhaji Yahaya Ndu, the former National Chairman of the now defunct African Renaissance Party (ARP), also agreed that traditional rulers should be given roles in the constitution.

According to him, traditional rulers are supposed to be the custodians of the culture of their people

"It is the culture of everybody that brings about their constitution; their system of governance are born out of their culture.

"Therefore, if our traditional rulers don't have very serious roles to play in whatever new constitution that we are bringing out, then the constitution is " as good as nothing".

Ndu also argued that traditional rulers, religious leaders and security operatives should be allowed to be members of any political party of their choice.

In his remark, the former National Chairman of the African Liberation Party (ALP), Chief Emmanuel Okereke, said:
"Traditional rulers should be given opportunity in the constitution because there are some certain things they know that we don't know.

"But they should not be given any role to play in government rather they should be on their own as they already are authority on their own.

"They should be able to go home and maintain peace and order in their locality."

- NAN

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Ogun APC legislator defects to PDP

02 September 2014, 20:34

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Goodnews Simeon
A word to parents

Wise parents shouldn't allow their wads lose the opportunity to acquire wisdom from being refused, rather than unbridled pampering. Read more...

Submitted by
Yusuf Suleiman
Following the example of Sule Lam...

As the month of Ramadan ended which herald the commencement of Eldel fitir Celebrations, things that we must not forget is the bounties that the Holy month is always accompanied with. Read more...

Submitted by
Hussain Obaro
NYSC scheme and the challenge of ...

NYSC's aim was to raise the moral tone of the Nigerian Youths by giving them the opportunity to learn about higher ideals of national achievement, social and cultural improvement. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Jonathan’s chief negotiator impli...

In an interview, a chief Boko Haram negotiator hired by Goodluck Jonathan to engage the terrorists to help free the abducted Chibok schoolgirls, made several important revelations. Read more...

Submitted by
DSAGE
Heaven and criminals in bunch of ...

What is sin? If we ask me, I will say that all lizards are laying flat, and no single fish in river can deny water. Read more...

Submitted by
Jibunor George Chuks
Sympathetic view of Ebola

Since 1976 of its first discovery in Congo to 2012; how many people have been infected with this so-called Ebola Virus?  Read more...