The National Assembly has reaffirmed its commitment to revisiting the bill concerning the constitutional roles of traditional rulers in Nigeria. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, expressed this dedication during an event in Ise Ekiti, where he was conferred with the Chieftaincy Title of Agba-Akin of Ise.
Highlighting the significance of traditional rulers, Hon. Abbas emphasized their role as custodians of culture and key contributors to conflict resolution and national integration. He stressed that assigning constitutional roles to traditional rulers would enhance their relevance, contributing to the overall political, economic, and social development of the nation.
The Speaker, represented by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr. Nnamdi Chanbani, underlined the potential positive impact of constitutional roles for traditional rulers, envisioning a strengthened link between their responsibilities and the nation’s growth and cohesion.
During the event, Oba Ayodele Ajayi, the Arinjale of Ise-Ekiti, noted that conferring Chieftaincy titles on distinguished Nigerians would play a significant role in fostering peace and unity. He urged the newly appointed chiefs to consistently work towards the progress of Nigeria and humanity.
Adding a perspective from Ekiti South Federal constituency, Retired Air Vice Marshall Rufus Ojuawo, a member of the House of Representatives and a native of the town, interpreted the Speaker’s installation as the Agba Akin of Ise-Ekiti as a symbol of the unity and affection the Yoruba race extends to other ethnic groups in the country. He called upon all Nigerians to embrace a spirit of love, peace, and harmony in their daily lives.