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FCT State Minister Advocates Legislation To Empower Traditional Rulers

… Presents Staff Of Office To Etsu Wako

Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has urged local, state, and federal governments to establish legislation that recognizes traditional rulers as stakeholders and instruments of conflict resolution and peace building.

While adding that, Traditional rulers in both the pre-colonial and post-colonial eras have made significant contributions to the formation, extension, greatness, and promotion of good relations among various kingdoms and empires across Nigeria.

She made this known at the presentation of staff of office to the Etsu of Wako chiefdom in the Kwali area council of the territory.

As a result, Aliyu suggests that traditional institutions continue to be involved in nation-building activities in ways that will allow for more effective and efficient peace-building, peace-making, and conflict-prevention programs in Nigeria.

The minister, who was represented by FCTA Permanent Secretary Mr. Olusade Adesola, went on to say that the traditional rulers’ staff of office was not only a symbol of authority, but also a tool for promoting peace and conflict resolution, particularly in light of rising insecurity in various parts of the country.

Aliyu, on the other hand, warned that any traditional ruler who aids and abets criminality in his domain would be sanctioned by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, emphasizing that no one has the right to accommodate total strangers or groups of people, especially given the country’s insecurity challenges.

According to her, “It is not in our character, no matter the level of poverty to betray the trust bestowed on you as a traditional ruler and the custodian of our traditions. This will not be acceptable in the seat of government where Mr. President is the Governor General,” she affirmed.

Earlier, the Ag. Secretary Area Council Services Secretariat Mrs. Olanipekun Omolola had earlier praised the kingmakers and other stakeholders for overcoming the challenges that come with selecting a new traditional ruler.

She did, however, warn the new chief that leadership requires sacrifice, patience, and vision for the people, and she charged him with working closely with the security agencies in his domain and traditional council members to anticipate, identify, and prevent any attempt to disrupt the peace.

Sen. Philip Tanimu Aduda, the senator representing the FCT in the National Assembly, as well as the Chairman of Kwali Area Council, Hon. Danladi Chiya, traditional rulers, and other stakeholders, sent greetings.

The event’s highlight was the administration of the oath of office and presentation of staff of office to H.R.H. Etsu Abdulaziz Usman Ibrahim, the 8th Etsu of Wako chiefdom.

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