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Traditional Rulers Are Victims Of Poorly Defined Constitution – Shehu Sani
Kaduna-Central lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has condemned Nigerian constitution for not having enough defined content to protect traditional rulers.
Sani made the remark days after the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, signed a bill into law which splitted Kano state emigrate into four.
This was made available to scannews 24 on Friday, adding that the traditional rulers serves as victims to state governors for not having constitutional protection.
In his words: “Absence of clearly defined roles in the constitution makes traditional rulers victims of the abuse of power, of blackmail and pawns and punching bags in the political chess game of their respective states.
“During elections, they are forced to campaign for their states Governors and the ruling parties in their respective states or risk being dethroned.
“Traditional rulers are expected to play major roles in security matters with no security votes other than handouts thrown to them by their states Governors.
“A Traditional rulers who wants to survive must be stupidly loyal, dumb and sycophantic and one that must always distance himself from the political adversaries of the Governor in office.
“The Traditional rulers are also not free of blame,when most of them have bastardized and commercialized the institution by dispensing Traditional tittles to people in Government and those that can pay. They create and sale funny titles with no historical basis, roots and antecedent, and to people majorly underserving.
“Almost All Governors parade one or multiple fake Traditional titles given to them while in office.
Traditional institutions have being largely desecrated by politicalinterference, partisanship, erosion of cultural and moral values, materialism and outright violations and meddling, inimical and corrosive to the very ethical and moral component that the institution claims to possess.
Without constitutional protections, Traditional rulers will continue to be forced by their Governors to behave like party Excos or political appointees or be thrown out.