Traditional Rulers Are The Closest To The Grass Root Level And If Given Constitutional Roles, The Country Would Be In A Better Shape


The Director of Studies, Defense Intelligence College, Karo, Abuja, Dr. Osuntokun Olagoke, has urged the Government to give Traditional rulers constitutional role, so as to curb criminalities in the societies

Dr. Olagoke made this known during the courtesy call of the Institution on the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland on Thursday, May 12, 2022.

In his remarks, he noted that, part of their visit was to know the roles of traditional rulers in containing the spread of criminalities in the societies.

He recalled that, in those days, heinous activities were not happening because the Traditional Rulers were given a chance to play their constitutional roles, adding that if the constitution was corrected, it would give the traditional rulers their power to play their roles expectedly so that all these criminalities could be discovered, while in their various communities.

He also noted that, the Traditional Rulers played a key role in the security architecture of the country, adding that without their input, criminalities cannot the eliminated

Dr. Olagoke further stated that if constitutional roles were given to Traditional Rulers it would set the future of the country in order, when it comes to security.

In his address, the Alake and Paramount Ruler, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo appreciated the Director of studies, Defence Intelligence, Dr. Osuntokun Olagoke, on his observation and opinion concerning the role Traditional Rulers could play in eliminating criminalities in the society.

Oba Gbadebo noted that they would have loved to play a key role in their various communities if they were being given constitutional back-up, adding that, a situation whereby people were gathered and you were supposed to give order, it wouldn’t be respected if it hadn’t been constitutionally supported.

Speaking further, the Egba Apex Monarch however said there were some situation which would need their Monarchical Judgement on some issues where a person might have committed a huge crime, he or she would be banished from the town based on the consensus laid down.

Alake therefore noted that, other Traditional Chiefs also performed active role in settling issues in their various communities with the support of police, which also aid their performance in ensuring peace are installed in the society.

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