Yoruba Obas set agenda for incoming govt
The traditional rulers also appealed to the incoming administration to grant constitutional roles to monarchs, in line with the 1969 constitution.
The monarchs, in a statement by the President and General-Secretary of the tforum, the Molokun of Atijere, Oba Samuel Adeoye, and the Olukotun of Ikotun-Ile, Oba Abdulrasaq Abioye, the forum said constitutional roles for monarchs in the country would foster stability in the polity.
The statement read in part: “Traditional institution is a significant part of every society and royal fathers should be accorded due recognition constitutionally. We are the custodians of our customs and tradition and we sustain peace and stability in our domains which are some of the reasons the incoming government must accord us our due constitutional roles being the closest to the grassroots.
“We have the following eight-point agenda for the incoming administration as a template which includes, clear constitutional roles for traditional rulers as 4th tier of government or replace the existing local government authorities with local councils under traditional rulers. The government must apportion at least 50 per cent of the security votes to the traditional rulers to effectively oversee the security affairs of each domain in conjunction with traditional, native and other government security apparatus. Devolution of more powers to the local government areas under the supervision of traditional rulers. The government should support agriculture in rural areas for local consumption and export purposes.
“We also want the re-introduction of customary/native courts under the headship of traditional rulers with jurisdiction over land, domestic, and other similar matters, documentation and recognition of judgments at these courts.”
The monarchs further warned against any plot to scuttle the swearing-in of Tinubu and Shettima on May 29 noting that the inauguration remains sacrosanct.
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