Ife, Ilorin monarchs advocate constitutional roles for traditional rulers

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi and the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Zulu Gambari, have emphasised the need to accord constitutional roles for traditional rulers in the country. According to them, they are closer to the people than the government.

Speaking when the two monarchs met at the Emir’s palace in Ilorin, Oba Ogunwusi said the positions of royal fathers are divine, adding that they are born and not a creation of human beings.

The Ooni, who said traditional rulers were the first contact of the people when problem arises, added that they should be honoured and accorded roles to encourage peaceful coexistence.

He called on all kingdoms in the country to come together, and concentrate on issues that unite people than what could divide them.

The Ooni also said he was ready to cooperate with the Emir of Ilorin in the interest of development of Nigeria, saying his mission was based on spirit of love, unity and development.

Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Zulu Gambari

Also speaking, the Emir of Ilorin appreciated the hands of fellowship being extended by the Ooni across Nigeria and beyond, noting that in the Islamic parlance; kings are moulded in the shadow of the Almighty God.

Alhaji Sulu Gambari also said Nigerians were brothers and sisters, calling on Nigerian leaders to imbibe the spirit of oneness for the country to grow in unity.

He described Kwara state and Ilorin, in particular, as a strategic geographical location in the country, stating that the unique position of the location between the North and South should be exploited for unity of the country.