Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District, on Tuesday stressed the need for the National Assembly to assign constitutional roles to traditional rulers in the country.
Adamu made the call in Keffi at a memorial lecture in honour of the late Emir of Keffi, Alhaji Muhammadu Chindo Yamusa II. The lecture, organised by Gamji Members Association, GAMA, an NGO, is entitled: “The life of Muhammadu Chindo Yamusa II: An Exemplary Leader Worthy of Emulation.”
Adamu, who is also a former governor of Nasarawa state, said having such constitutional roles would enable the traditional institution to function effectively, especially in enhancing national security.
According to him, unless and until traditional rulers are given their deserving roles in the constitution, the nation will continue to have one crisis or the other.
He added that even colonial masters duly recognised the role of traditional institutions in governance.
The lawmaker said history had clearly shown how traditional rulers played significant roles in curtailing conflicts between farmers and herders in the past.
He stressed that traditional rulers had mechanisms and instruments of addressing societal challenges if their structures were properly utilised.
He expressed optimism that if the traditional institution was given its rightful role to play, the current security challenge facing the country would reduce drastically.
Earlier, the former President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Mamman Nasir, said Nigeria was in dire need of good leaders concerned about the welfare and well being of their subjects.
The guest speaker, Prof. Suleiman Mohammed of the Department of Sociology, University of Abuja, said the late Emir led his subjects based on the finest principles of leadership, exemplary, inclusive, selfless, tolerance and humility.
The event was attended by Ahmed Wadada, former member, House of Representatives and former Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government, Suleiman Azores. Others include the new Emir of Keffi, Shehu Yamusa III, and Shehu Tukur, a governorship aspirant in the state among others.