Alhaji Qudus Oluwa, a Traditional Chief and former Secretary to Aromire Chieftaincy Family of Isale Eko, has lent his voice to join well-meaning Nigerians in urging the Federal Government to grant constitutional Sovereignty for traditional rulers.
The Aromire Family, which is amongst the legitimate three chieftaincy title stool in Isale Eko in Lagos, is well known for its affluence and traditional powers.
Alhaji Oluwa said in an interview on Friday, that “traditional rulers are very close to the people and they have solutions to their problems.”
He however advised government to reinstate the roles assigned to traditional rulers as was in the 1969 Constitution.
“Government should recognise and grant constitutional autonomy to traditional rulers for peace to reign at the grassroots”, he explained.
He further stated that “traditional rulers are at the receiving end; therefore, can proffer solutions to several problems facing the people at the rural communities.
He beseeched the Federal Government to set aside a day for Traditional celebration and Festival nationwide.
When quizzed why Aromile Chieftaincy family till date has not got a replacement for the occupant of the Chieftaincy title after the demise of late Chief Tajudeen Babapupa, Alhaji Qudus said, “it was quite disheartening to say the least.”
He said the deity had already chosen one Gabisiu Olakunle Olaribigbe, to succeed his nephew Late Tajudeen Babapupa, but unfortunately, Mr. Gabisiu Olakunle Olaribigbe declined the position and disappeared without trace.
According to him, the seat has remained vacant up till date.
When asked what could be done to salvage the situation, Alhaji Oluwa said “absolutely nothing, for now”.
He added that the people of Isale Eko hope Mr. Gabisiu Olakunle Olaribigbe would change his mind and ascend the throne.
Alhaji Qudus Oluwa also commended President Muhammadu Buhari, Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu, and all traditional rulers and chiefs for their roles in ensuring a prosperous and united Nigeria.