Traditional rulers demand constitutional roles


Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsi Nupe, on Thursday led other traditional rulers under the aegis of the Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria (TRCN) on Thursday to the Senate wing of the National Assembly to press for constitutional roles in the ongoing Constitution amendment.

Abubakar, who is Chairman of the Coordinating Committee of the council, represented the Sultan of Sokoto on the visit to the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan.

The Etsu Nupe told Lawan that giving the traditional institution a role in the Constitution will go a long in ameliorating the security challenges facing the country at the moment.

According to him, “the Traditional Council submitted a memorandum to the Constitution Review Committee and was shortlisted among the clauses for discussion.

“However, during voting on the clause to assign roles to traditional rulers, it fell short of the required two thirds by 10 votes in the Senate, while it scaled through in the House of Representatives.”

In his response, Lawan said, “there is so much to gain from the traditional institution”, adding that the royal fathers have shown the right way to go, by coming back to Senate, “not blocking National Assembly” in an apparent reference to the method adopted by National Council of Women Societies, NCWS.

He said the Thursday meeting with the traditional rulers was to “revisit the process of giving non-executive advisory role for traditional institution”.

However, Lawan told the royal fathers that “this is the most difficult time for politicians as party primaries to produce candidates for various offices is around the corner.”

He assured them that the Senate will revisit the issue of the constitutional roles for traditional rulers, adding that constitutional amendment is a continuous exercise.

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