Ndarani calls for empowerment of traditional rulers to curb insecurity

 

Niger state based lawyer Mohammed Ndarani, SAN, has called for the empowerment of traditional rulers as a way to address Nigeria’s security issues and accountability in governance.

The senior advocate made the call while speaking with newsmen in Minna on Monday.

Ndarani, a proponent of the revision of the 1999 Constitution, expressed the belief that traditional rulers play crucial roles in combating security challenges across Nigeria.

He said amending some sections of the constitution to expressly recognise the role of traditional rulers in addressing security challenges has become imperative if growth and development were desired.

According to him, traditional rulers, as custodians of cultural heritage and moral values, are deeply embedded in their communities and possess unique insights into local dynamics. 

“Therefore, leveraging on their influence and authority, they can contribute significantly to efforts aimed at curbing insecurity nationwide.

“Article 17, Subsections 2 & 3 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, affirm the role of traditional rulers in promoting and protecting cultural life and values.

“It’s a fact that traditional rulers are being recognised and respected across various communities, having ideally positioned to collaborate with governmental bodies and security agencies in addressing security threats.

“No doubt, they serve as indispensable agents in resolving conflicts within their communities.

“Their involvement in dispute-resolution mechanisms not only fosters peace but also strengthens social cohesion and stability.”

Ndarani explained that his advocacy for constitutional reforms underscored the importance of harnessing the collective wisdom and authority of traditional rulers in addressing security challenges and promoting good governance.

“By empowering traditional institutions and ensuring accountability at all levels of government, Nigeria can navigate its way towards a safer, more prosperous future.”

On governors’ immunity, he said removal of the privilege was necessary in the impending constitution amendment, to enable criminal proceedings to be instituted against them and their deputies during their tenure.

He this would make them accountable for any misconduct, corruption or negligence in governance.

“By eliminating immunity provisions, governors will be more inclined to uphold their responsibilities with integrity and diligence, knowing that they are subject to legal scrutiny and accountability measures. 

“I believe this will contribute to a culture of transparency, efficiency, and ethical leadership within Nigeria’s political landscape.”