Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’advert Abubakar III has alleged that the regimes of Generals Aguiyi Ironsi, Yakubu Gowon and Olusegun Obasanjo laid the inspiration for insecurity at present witnessed within the nation.
The monarch who spoke at a gathering with the Steering Committee of the Senate Structure Overview Committee on Thursday March 11, mentioned Ironsi’s 1966 Unitary Authorities Decree, Gowon’s 1967 and Obasanjo’s 1976 Native Authorities Reforms Decrees stripped conventional rulers of their powers and gave identical to the native authorities councils.
In accordance with him, these decrees relegated the normal establishment to the background with no constitutional position.
The Sultan of Sokoto who was represented on the occasion by the Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, averred that earlier than the 1976 native authorities reforms, Nigeria was progressive, peaceable, respectable and full of lovely traditions and cultures.
The monarch appealed to the Nationwide Meeting to revive their constitutional powers, and likewise alleged that the colonialists wanted the normal rulers to consolidate their oblique rule; the politicians to stabilize their governments and the army, to achieve acceptance.
“All of the respective ranges of governments wanted them to keep up peace and safety as conventional rulers have been all the time at hand to douse battle that the police, the army and the federal government officers couldn’t include.
“At the moment, conventional rulers would not have the constitutional or different authorized backings to carry out successfully as they’re not even talked about within the 1999 structure. It is a nice departure from all earlier constitutions that acknowledged them, and even gave them some capabilities to carry out.
“Certainly, all of the Nigerian earlier constitutions gave the chairmen of the State Councils of Chiefs seats within the Nationwide Council of State alongside former Presidents and Chief Justices.”
He added that the structure needs to be amended to present the normal establishment a novel constitutional recognition, noting that no group or nation would thrive efficiently with out due consideration of its historic evolution, customs, values and beliefs.
The Sultan mentioned;
“The constitutional provision ought to present for states to enact state legal guidelines that cater for particular peculiar issues regarding conventional rulers within the respective states. As well as, the chairmen of the State Councils of Chiefs needs to be recognised by the structure as members of the Council of State because it has been in all of the Nigerian constitutions, besides the 1999 one.”