By Segun Ojo, Osogbo
The Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi,has called on President Ahmed Tinubu to consider the establishment of the Federal Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs.
Oba Akanbi said involving traditional rulers in governance through a separate ministry and constitution empowerment will address many challenges most especially the insecurity.
He described the place of traditional rulers in democratic setting as sacrosanct to achieving quality dividends delivery.
The admonition was contained in a press statement issued by Oluwo and made available to journalists through his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem.
He called on the federal government to take a leave from the government of The Western region when Western House of Chiefs was created with First class monarchs serving as Ministers without portfolio. He stated the singular act and the role played by the appointed monarchs contributed in no small measure to the success of the administration.
Oluwo suggested the appointment of monarch as minister for the ministry. He further proposed the appointment should be rotational amongst the six geo political zones of the country.
“The traditional institution is an integral part of government and closest to the grassroots. The traditional rulers dedicate themselves to serving their subjects. We play a pivotal role in securing our respective domain and ensure peaceful co existence”
“Oba Akanbi call on the federal government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the leadership of President Ahmed Tinubu to actively and directly involve traditional rulers in his administration through the establishment of the Federal Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs ”
“Creating the ministry will give constitutional role, empower the traditional institution, endears monarchs to democratic participation, reassure belongingness, strengthen grassroots mobilization and participation with all inclusive dividends of democracy.
“The government of the old western region involved traditional rulers effectively. The first class amongst us were appointed as Ministers without portfolio. The throne of Oluwo was one”
“The minister for the ministry should be first class monarch appointed on a rotational basis amongst the six geo political zones of the country. The government is urged to consider the suggestion to make a change in our democratic arrangement “
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