Tajudeen Abbas, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, expressed his intention to reconsider the bill that aims to establish constitutional responsibilities for traditional rulers in the nation. He made this announcement during his visit to the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmed Bamali, in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Saturday.
Welcomed with a vibrant durbar at the palace, Abbas emphasized that a significant number of the current House of Representatives members recognize the significance of the traditional institution in the country’s affairs.
He said, “I am aware that about three years ago, there was a paper by the Traditional Rulers Council across the six geopolitical zones, where they clearly stated how they want the traditional institutions to function in this present dispensation. We thank God that today your son is the Speaker of the House of Representatives and in the position to revisit the position of the traditional rulers.
“I want to assure you today that my colleagues and I, who are from traditional ruling houses and others who share similar sentiments, will go back and look at the position paper written by the traditional leaders in order to ensure that the traditional institution has a place in this current political dispensation.
In his statement, the Emir of Zazzau clarified that the proposal to incorporate roles for traditional rulers in the constitution was not aimed at establishing an additional level of government.
He said, “The Zazzau Emirate has nothing to say than thank God for the blessing He has bestowed on the Emirate. The Emirate has produced a reasonable percentage of prominent Nigerians, from the Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Vice Namadi Sambo, several ministers, the Secretary to the Government of Federation, and now the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“The role of the traditional institution cannot be overemphasized because the traditional institution has played important roles since from First Republic, Second Republic, and even till today. I am aware that the majority of the members here have a direct or indirect relationship with the traditional institution.”