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We must preserve Traditional Institutions – Atiku preaches



We must preserve Traditional Institutions – Atiku preaches

Atiku Abubakar, the ex-vice President has dropped his two cents as regards State government interference with the processes of installing traditional leaders.

According to the PDP 2023 Presidential candidate, Atiku, in the last election, stated that traditional institutions must be safeguarded from state government excesses.

In a statement on Tuesday via his X handle, he highlighted the destabilizing effects of state interference on community peace and order.

He rooted for constitutional reforms to formally recognize traditional institutions and clearly define their roles.

Atiku stated, “Recent trends show state governments increasingly distorting the process of enthroning traditional leaders. This issue is evident across the country.”

Atiku underlined that these institutions are essential for governance and should be safeguarded against state arbitrariness, even when traditional rulership comes under state authority via local authorities.

He cautioned that unstable succession of traditional leaders could compromise communal peace and order.

Atiku pointed out their important part in local economic life and security even though the present constitution does not formally acknowledge traditional institutions.

He reminded us that these institutions ought to be kept since they were efficient governing systems prior to colonialism.

Atiku demanded constitutional change to not only honor established institutions inside the judicial system but also define their roles.

He underlined that local security and terrorism issues depend on this change to be addressed.

The former Vice President wrote: “Recent developments in the country has seen a growing tendency of state governments exerting influence in distorting the modalities of enthroning traditional stools.

“It is a reality that stares us in the face from every corner of the country.

“While it is understandable that the institutions of traditional rulership is in the exclusive purview of the state government, although through the local government authorities, it must be established that traditional institutions constitute a component of our governance structure.

“And thus, traditional institutions must be protected from the arbitrariness of state governments that threaten their stability.

“When the structure of ascension of traditional rulers is unstable, it will become equally difficult to maintain peace and orderliness in communities.

“Although our constitution, in its current format, does not ascribe any recognition to traditional institutions, yet our experiences show clearly that they perform enormous roles in the economic life of their domains, as well as maintenance of peace and security in communities.

“I wish to remind that the traditional institutions formed the governance structures before the advent of the colonialists. And they governed well. Consequently, they are institutions we must protect and preserve and not destroy.

“It is, therefore, on this basis that I lean towards the advocacy that calls for constitutional reform that will not just recognize traditional institutions in our body of laws but also define the responsibilities of their offices.

“This reform is even more important in view of the collective drive to stem the ugly tide of terrorism and sundry security challenges at the local levels.

“In conclusion, I must also appeal to state governors to accord the necessary respect to the offices of traditional institutions. The customs that our traditional rulers represent is the totality of our heritage as a people.

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