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Oluwo To Tinubu: Establish Chieftaincy Affairs Ministry, Appoints Monarchs Ministers

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The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, has appealed to President Bola Tinubu to establish Federal Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs to combat insecurity and other social vices confronting the country.

Oba Oluwo said creating such ministry will involve traditional rulers in governance, noting that a separate ministry for Chieftaincy Affairs and constitutional empowerment will address many challenges, most especially insecurity.

The monarch in a statement by his Press Secretary, Alli Ibrahim, described the place of traditional rulers in a democratic setting as sacrosanct to achieving quality dividends delivery, and therefore suggested that a first-class monarch should be appointed on a rotational basis amongst the six geopolitical zones of the country to head the Ministry of Chiefaincy Affairs.

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The statement reads in part: “We call on the Federal Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, under the leadership of President Ahmed Tinubu, to actively and directly involve traditional rulers in his administration through the establishment of the Federal Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs.

“Creating the ministry will give constitutional role, empower the traditional institution, endear monarchs to democratic participation, strengthen grassroots mobilisation and participation with all-inclusive dividends of democracy.

“The government of the old Western Region involved traditional rulers effectively. The first-class monarchs among us were appointed as ministers without portfolios. The throne of Oluwo was one.

“The minister for the ministry should be a first-class monarch appointed on a rotational basis amongst the six geopolitical zones of the country.

“The government is urged to consider the suggestion to make a change in our democratic arrangement.”

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