July 21, 2024
Traditional institutions must be protected from overbearing governors says Atiku
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Traditional institutions must be protected from overbearing governors says Atiku

Former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, says traditional institutions should be insulated from the “arbitrary” influence of powerful state governors. His comments come amid attempts by some state governments to alter the age-long structure of traditional institutions in their domains.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Abubakar said traditional institutions must be shielded from the state. He added that although the constitution does not recognise traditional institutions, history has proven that “they perform enormous roles in the economic life of their domains, as well as maintenance of peace and security in communities”.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) standard-bearer in the 2023 polls called for the review of the constitution to recognise traditional institutions and define the responsibilities of their offices.

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Abubakar appealed to governors to “accord the necessary respect to the offices of traditional institutions”, adding that the customs traditional rulers espouse are the “totality of our heritage as a people”.