There is an increasing chorus of voices pushing President Bola Tinubu to seriously explore establishing a Federal Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs.
According to a statement acquired by Gist House on Thursday in Osogbo, this invitation was graciously launched by the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi.
In his message, Oba Akanbi emphasized the need of traditional rulers in addressing a range of issues, most notably insecurity. He proposed creating a separate ministry and including constitutional measures that would allow traditional rulers to play an active part in government. According to him, the role of traditional rulers in democratic society should be treated with total reverence.
The Osun monarch urged the federal government to draw inspiration from the government of the old Western Region, where the Western House of Chiefs saw First class monarchs serving as Ministers without portfolio, by eloquently highlighting the significant impact that this one-of-a-kind arrangement had on the administration’s accomplishments. The Osun monarch also encouraged the federal government to take cues from the previous Western Region government.
I’d like to propose appointing a regal king or queen to the role of Minister in our highly regarded administration. Furthermore, I propose that the appointment be rotated among the six geopolitical zones that comprise our magnificent country.
The ancient establishment plays an important role within the government and is a fundamental link to the very foundation of civilization. This position is significant because the institution plays an important role. The greatest leaders devote their entire selves to the selfless service of their cherished subjects. We are in a unique position to maintain our separate domains of influence while still fostering peaceful coexistence.
Oba Akanbi proposed that establishing the ministry would not only provide the traditional institution a constitutional purpose, but also increased power. This will increase monarchs’ political involvement and give them a stronger sense of belonging by giving them a voice in democratic procedures. Furthermore, it would strengthen grassroots mobilization and encourage widespread participation, resulting in inclusive democratic dividends for all.