Sultan, Ooni advocate more power for traditional rulers


Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi calls on Nigeria’s political leaders to deliver on their mandate, saying good governance and justice are prerequisites for peace and security in the country.

They are also urging political leaders and traditional rulers who cannot protect the lives and properties of the populace to vacate their seats and allow competent hands to take over.

The two traditional rulers gave this charge at a security summit themed, “National Security and Insecurity: Roles of Traditional Institutions,” organised by the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU) in Osogbo, Osun state capital.

The Sultan noted that most of the current security challenges were direct consequences and products of corruption on the part of the past political leaders across Nigeria.

Manipulating the masses
He said the ruling elite have been the problem of the country by manipulating the masses to achieve selfish purposes.

Sultan Abubakar stated that the Nigerian elite possess the capacity to resolve the nation’s crisis if it resolves to do so.

“Some security issues were not brought by weapons but by corruption of our political leaders. You cannot have peace and security when you don’t have good governance and justice.

“Without justice, you can’t have good governance. We need to rise to the occasion, things are really bad.  If you keep quiet and don’t get up to see how we can help our political leaders on this issue, then we are part and parcel of the problem when you keep quite in the face of injustice.

“The Almighty Allah would ask you on that day when you have nobody, how you have used your position to help the common man. And if you have no answer, God has a way of rewarding you and I don’t pray for that for anyone.

“So we should speak out the truth all the time without being afraid of a governor or local government chairman or chairman of Traditional Council threatening you. If you are convinced, speak out and stand by it.

“I urge the elite to visit graveyards to see their rich predecessors and understand that no one would depart this world with anything,” he said.

Running their territory peacefully
The Sultan however bemoaned the nation’s political system for relegating the traditional institutions, saying monarchs had been running their territory peacefully before the advent of colonialism, which took away their powers.

He stressed the need for traditional institutions to hold political leaders accountable for their failure to provide social infrastructure which could stem the tide of social problems.

“We should speak with one voice on issues that are social that could lead to security problems. I spent five hours from Lagos to Ile-Ife because since 1999, the road has been under construction and it seems to be taking eternity to complete.

“If any mad man throws a bomb at a car, so many lives would perish on that road. We should collectively put pressure on government to complete the road this year,” the Sultan said.

Oba Ogunwusi said government must provide adequate security to enhance socio-economic development of the country.

“If there is breakdown of security, obviously anarchy will set in and that is how communities and nations usually lose grip. The most important thing is our security and that is why we have a common means of governance in Nigeria.

“We, the traditional rulers should now come together to support what the governors of the South-West are doing. They are trying to set an example with Amotekun.  All traditional rulers are being carried along.

He adds that non of the traditional rulers are interested in breaking Nigeria but that all they are doing is to set good leadership and example on how to secure the people and try to see how to re-engineer the ways things are done.


Lateefah Ibrahim