16 November 2012

Nigeria: Momoh Urges NASS to Assign Roles to Traditional Rulers

The National Chairman of Congress for Progressive Change, Prince Tony Momoh, has urged the National Assembly to incorporate the role of traditional rulers in the constitution.

Momoh made the call in Abuja on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said that traditional institutions were a phase in the evolution of man that could not be jumped.

"At least, 60 per cent of the land mass in Nigeria and the people are under the control of traditional institutions," Momoh said.

He said that in the evolution of democracy in other parts of the world, especially in Europe, the monarchy was established as a symbol of the past.

He said traditional institutions were important in the management of welfare and security in the country.

"If you have vigilante groups in 109 senatorial districts of Nigeria working with the area commanders, there will be no hidden place for criminals in the country.

"In 1979 and 1989 constitutions, there were constitutional roles for the traditional institutions, why did we remove it in the 1999 constitution?

"The problem of insecurity in Nigeria is complicated and compounded by our refusal to accept the role of the traditional institutions," he said.

Momoh also said that 35 per cent affirmative action for women should be made compulsory. He called on Nigerians to maximise available opportunities to ensure the development of democracy through social justice.


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