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Ogun Monarch Wants Constitutional Roles For Traditional Rulers

Posted: Oct 2, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Laide Raheem


A traditional ruler in Ogun state, Olu of Imasayi, Oba Gbadebo Adesola Oni, has called on the federal government to create constitutional roles for traditional rulers in the country.

The monarch noted that constitutional roles for royal fathers would engender good governance and enable them to effectively contribute to nation building.

Oni made the call in Imasayi, Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State during a reception organised by the Imasayi Development Union (IDU) to commemorate his 25th coronation anniversary.

According to him, traditional rulers are the closest to people at the grassroots and they also serve as the bridge between the government and the governed.

The monarch noted that the wealth of experience of traditional rulers in governance and administration in the country cannot be overemphasized, wondering why politicians always prefer to relegate them to the background.

“Our leaders are not ready to face the reality of Nigerian situation.

People say the words of elders are the words of wisdom; and that is why we are having problems all over the place. You see, definite roles have to be carved out for traditional ruler’s right there in the constitution”, he said.

“The constitution of Nigeria recognises religion, free association, then constitutional rights. So, the role has to be carved out for traditional rulers. We have already written and provided information on that. So, I think government should go back to the effort and do what they should do.

“But I tell you, if they are running government and they think that traditional rulers are not needed, then we have a long way to go in finding solutions to the numerous problems facing the country”, he said.

Meanwhile, the monarch urged President Muhammadu Buhari to consult extensively in running the affairs of the country, adding that he should not be distracted by criticisms.

He said, “Buhari has multiple problems to face. My advice for him is to have patience; people want to rush him and to confuse him.? He should not listen to them. He should take his time. He has got the power and authority, let him play it full and God will speak to him as to where to lead Nigeria.

“But if he relies on side talks, then there is no way he could proffer solutions to the problems of our country. I appeal to him to be patient, to welcome all shades of opinion across the country and be careful not to swing to one side of the country too much.” Earlier in her welcome address, the chairman, Imasayi Development Union, Mrs. Iyabode Ogunpola, said the town has witnessed “highly stimulating success stories during the reign of the monarch”.

Ogunpola noted that the monarch has brought tremendous economic development and socio-infrastructural transformation to the town within the dynamics of modern concept of community development. “The Imasayi people are therefore proud to celebrate him today in great appreciation of meaningful development, peace and progress he has brought to the kingdom since he came to the royal podium 25 years ago.