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Alaafin kicks against monarchs’ council

By Bashir Adefaka
The Alaafin of Oyo Kingdom and Permanent Chairman of Oyo State State Council of Obas and Chiefs, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, has kicked against the formation of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, saying it is unconstitutional.

The monarch said the council was neither a creation of the Constitution nor of any convention and, as a result, could not serve as an appropriate agency.

His words: “I think the idea of an institutionalized National Forum for Traditional Rulers was muted during the era of General Sani Abacha, GCFR.  For those who can recall the political situation of that time, it witnessed the springing up of different groups both real and phoney from different parts of the country in solidarity for Abacha.

“Even in the current dispensation, when the Ooni of Ife started tinkering with his pet dream of constitutional role for traditional rulers, I did not hesitate to write a memo to President Umar Musa Yar’Adua on the 30th of September 2009 where again I warned against such an idea which I consider not only superfluous but sinecure,” he recalled.

Oba Adeyemi warned that any attempt to bureaucratize the institution of traditional rulership to the extent of having a national secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) was capable of rubbishing Nigerian federalism with unitary system.


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