OrderPaperToday – The President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan has said the National Assembly will make a case during the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution for traditional rulers to exercise constitutional roles.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Ilorin Palace in Kwara on Saturday, Lawan said the ninth National Assembly believes that the roles now being played by traditional rulers should be accorded recognition in the Constitution. This development, he opined could make them play the roles even better.

“We believe, in the ninth National Assembly, that our Royal Fathers must have a role and a better and clearly official role and function in our constitution so that we are able to have an all-inclusive governance structure that will ensure that our Royal Fathers do what they are doing today in a more official manner.

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“In the northern part of the country particularly and across the country generally, the traditional Institutions play a very key and significant role in stabilising our communities and our societies.

“We believe that these roles must be reflected and properly captured in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,”¬†he said.

He noted that the traditional institutions have always been there and exist longer than political institutions. The Yobe North lawmaker further added that security agencies cannot stamp out the current case of pervasive insecurity without citizens’ participation enhanced by the mobilisation of traditional institutions.

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In his response, the Emir of Ilorin, HRH Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari thanked his guest for the visit but told the Senate President that he and his traditional ruler colleagues had no intention to compete with any institution. According to him, all the country’s traditional rulers seek is neither legislative nor judicial roles, but just advisory functions.

“What we ask for is advisory participation. We are saying that there should be a Council of traditional rulers who could be sought to give advise and to take part in bringing sanity to the governance of this country,” the Emir said.

The Senate President was in Kwara, primarily to attend the launch of the lawmaker representing Kwara North Senatorial District; Sadiq Suleiman Umar‘s 2022 Empowerment Programme.

Nigeria’s 9th National Assembly is currently reviewing the 1999 Constitution and has assured it will finish its role of leading in the process by the end of this month and send it to the states.



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