The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Sunday called for constitutional role for traditional leaders in the country.
Mr. Dogara made the call during a courtesy visit to Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi in Birnin Kebbi, on the sideline of the turbanning ceremony of the Chief Whip of the House, Alhassan Adodoguwa, as the Dallatun Kangiwa in Arewa Local Government Area of the state.
The speaker was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Leader of the House, Umar Jibril, who also led other members to the state.
He said that it was time for Nigerians to give traditional rulers constitutional recognition because in the past, people derived their power and authority from them.
“It is high time we started going down the memory lane to actualize this dream. We pray that we shall achieve this and promote the traditional rulers to their actual positions in the country.’’
Mr. Bagudu, while responding, urged the National Assembly to provide mechanisms that ensure increased funding to agriculture sector.
He said that if Nigeria had spent a lot on the sector, the country’s economy would have been diversified.
Reacting to his new title, Mr. Adodoguwa described it as a gesture that would further bridge the gap among the people in the North, especially among the people of the North-West.