A prominent Traditional Ruler in Anambra, Igwe Alex Edozieuno, has called for the restoration of constitutional roles to traditional institutions in Nigeria and fight increased social vices.
Edozieuno, Chairman, Anambra East Local Government Area Traditional Rulers Council, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria NAN on Sunday at his palace in Otuocha, Anambra.
Edozieuno, the traditional ruler of Mkpu Nando Aguleri Otu, said before the return to democracy in 1999, the traditional institution had roles assigned to it by the constitution.
He noted that with the 1999 constitution, the roles were abolished saying the proscription of the roles had adversely affected the country.
According to him, before the coming into effect of the 1999 constitution, the traditional institution was responsible for the collection of taxes, rent and market levies.
“They were equally in-charge of customary courts which handled customary cases at the grassroots and ensured peace in the communities.
“With the proscription of the roles, traditional rulers now depend on assignments given to them by their governors and the situation has dire consequences on the development and security of the nation,” he said.
Edozieuno blamed rising cases of anti-social conducts, insecurity and poor revenue generation by many states on lack of schedule to traditional institution.
He said if royal fathers had their roles restored, revenue windows that ended up in the pockets of individuals would go into government’s coffers.
Edozieuno, who also spoke on his expectations from President Muhammadu Buhari in his second term, urged him to continue to tackle security challenges facing the country.
“As the chief security officer of the country, Mr President should give adequate attention to security sector so as to address high rate of killings in Nigeria.
“The country has recorded quite terrific rate of killings in the past four years and some actions must be taken to scale down the problem,” he said.
Edozieuno said presently, herdsmen took over his farmland in his kingdom, in addition to other provocative activities by the group in his neighbouring communities.
He said but for the intervention of the state government, the problem would have escalated.
He called for equal treatment to all sections of the country by the federal government, noting that with equitable distribution of positions and resources, the country would witness accelerated growth.