The Oluwo of Iwoland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, has appealed to government at all levels to consent a constitutional duty for kings across the nation.
Oba Akanbi stated that the constitution of Nigeria recognizes all monarchs as chiefs and not kings. He called on the constituted authority to promote the traditional institution through upgrade of chiefs’ law to kings’ law.
The traditional ruler noted that monarchs are not more than ward councilors as empowered by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He said the legal provision (chiefs’ law) is a form of modern slavery and has continuously subjected Nigeria monarchs to be subject of Queen of England.
Oluwo has earlier apologised last week on behalf of ancient monarchs for their roles in slavery. He stated that the Chiefs’ law has to be amended and ‘we are sorry for the past ills, mistakes and atrocities that led to revoking the powers of we the ancient monarchs, we will serve our people with utmost love as a father and servant to all”.
As contained in a statement made available to journalist by Oluwo’s press secretary, Mr. Alli Ibraheem, monarchs are constitutionally denied some advantages mostly in contributing to vital decision making and promulgation.
The stipulated role for kings is constitutionally limited and has adversely restrained our contribution to some exclusive vital discourse of national interest.
He revealed that there is no any other authority closer to the grassroots than the monarchs, saying their status is a certificate for inclusion into the discussion of exclusive issues of national interest.
Oba Akanbi called on the three organs and tiers of government to facilitate the enactment of kings’ law for the interest of the nation and promotion of our diverse rich culture and tradition.
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