Emir of Fika Presents Memorandum For Reinstatement Of Status Of Traditional Institution In Nigeria
Written by Emmanuel Okorie on June 2, 2021
Emir of Fika and Chairman Yobe State Council of Traditional Rulers and Coordinator (Northeast) National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, Dr Muhammad Ibn Abali Muhammad Idrissa has presented a memorandum for the reinstatement of the status of the traditional institution in the Nigeria constitution and establishing relevant bodies to give effect to its national roles.
The Royal Father made the presentation in Bauchi on Wednesday before the House of Representatives Chairman and members on the review of the 1999 constitution.
He said that the traditional rulers in Nigeria decided to freely associate and share the common principles of fairness, justice and equity and to jointly offer useful advice, cooperation and assistance to governments at all levels and to safeguard the traditions, cultures and values of their respective subjects.
“In view of these, the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria was formed and formally registered under incorporated trustees with the Corporate Affairs Commission and with the germane recognition and assistance of the office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation”.
He recommended that the National Assembly (NASS), through the envisaged Constitutional Amendment should intervene in safeguarding the sanctity of the Traditional Institution by ensuring its insulation from politically motivated actions that ran afoul of the well-established traditional settings (status, titles, chiefdoms, kingdoms, emirates, empires, areas of domains that evolved over hundreds of years.
These long-standing dignified settings of the traditional institution should be sustained if its relevance is to be enhanced. A society’s pride is in the quality of its traditional institutions. If these institutions are bastardized, then the society they also represent is equally bastardized”.