Welcome, Guest: Join Kenyans247 Log In!

Stats: 290 Members, 13,218 topics and 65 posts Date:  Thursday 22 October 2020 at 08:58 AM
Popular & Trending NewestFeatured Links ClassifiedDirectoryLivescoresLive Kenyan TVLive Kenyan Radio Follow Us Like Us

About Us Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy FAQ's Disclaimer Copyright Contact Us Advertise With Us Download K247 APP Marketplace Moderator Policy We Are Hiring Kenya Radio and TV Stations Listen and Watch Live Letter From the C.E.O Kenya Radio Stations Live Kenya TV Stations Live Kenya - Newspapers and News Sites and popular blog Forum Rules

How Nigeria's Kings Lost Their Power

Kenyans247 / Kenyans247 / General / Naija Forums / How Nigeria's Kings Lost Their Power

369 people viewed

How Nigeria's Kings Lost Their Power
(1) | (1 of 1 pages) (Go Down) (» Reply topic)
How Nigeria's Kings Lost Their Power by Kenyans247(1): Sun 22, March, 2020 02:09pm
From emirs to kings, Nigeria's traditional rulers are increasingly being humiliated by politicians - and mocked by young people who see them as representing an archaic institution.

The latest example of this was the brutal dethronement of the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II.

The state governor invoked his constitutional powers to depose the emir after accusing him of "insubordination".

No-one knows the number of monarchs in multi-ethnic Nigeria but there seems to be one ruling over every inch of land, often putting them at loggerheads with the politicians who have constitutional authority.

Nigeria's traditional leaders retain huge influence in many parts of the country but recent events have made some young people question the role of the monarchy in the 21st Century.

Mr Sanusi is the most high-profile of several cases in the last five months in which politicians have publicly brought monarchs to heel or the actions of some traditional rulers have led people to question their relevance.

Colonial-style exile
Mr Sanusi was removed for "total disrespect" of institutions and the governor's office, the government said.

But in truth, his removal was the culmination of a long tussle with Kano state governor Umar Ganduje, a powerful figure within Nigeria's governing All Progressives Congress (APC) party.




Those close to him say the emir expected his removal but not his banishment to neighbouring Nasarawa state which his lawyers described as an "archaic practice" of the colonial era.

After gaining a court order, he has regained his freedom but the manner of his removal and subsequent detention showed the real balance of power between politicians and traditional rulers.

"There is no way you can reconcile the feudal gathering of traditional kinship with the application of a modern republican constitution," said Dr Jare Oladosun, an associate professor of history at Nigeria's Obafemi Awolowo University.

He said it was an insurmountable contradiction and favours the scrapping of the monarchy.

"You cannot have both, only one," he said.

For many, Mr Sanusi's removal confirmed what they have long suspected - that the country's monarchs are only symbolic heads with no real power.

Don't shake your head when the governor is speaking
Nigeria's constitution has no role for traditional rulers but they are nevertheless widely respected as custodians of both religion and culture.

And this can be seen as a form of power.


Several myths about the oba of Benin say magic makes him indestructible
Olutayo Adeshina, a professor of history at the University of Lagos, said that by pledging to respect the culture "by protecting, preserving and promoting traditional values", the Nigerian constitution recognises the important role of traditional leaders.

"Traditional leaders possess some latent power which politicians are afraid of, hence the tension between the two.

"If they are not relevant, the politicians would ignore them. But you ignore them at your own peril," he said.

But anyone who watched a video widely shared on social media in January would question whether politicians still have much respect for traditional leaders.

A king in the southern state of Rivers was publicly ridiculed for shaking his head while governor Nyesom Wike was speaking.

The governor ripped into the mortified king in a gathering of traditional rulers, provoking laughter from those in the room.

"You just [go] and wear something that is bigger than you... to breach protocol."

The governor was mocking the monarch's traditional robe and elaborate crown.


In the same week that emir Sanusi was removed in Kano, traditional rulers in south-west Ekiti state were embroiled in a face-off with the governor after he appointed an oba (Yoruba king) to head the traditional council.

A group 16 local obas were not pleased with the "interference" and stayed away from state functions, drawing a stern letter from the governor who accused them of insubordination.

In November 2019, Nigeria's Supreme Court dethroned another oba, in Oyo state, declaring the process of his ascendancy to the throne illegal.

Samuel Adebayo-Adegbola, who was the Eleruwa of Eruwa, had spent 21 years on the throne before he was forced to step down on the grounds that he was not a member of one of the town's two ruling houses whose turn it was to produce a successor in 1994.

The throne remains vacant.


The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Adeyemi III is a respected traditional leader in south-western Nigeria
But it is not always the politicians casting aspersions on the monarchy in Nigeria - the actions of some traditional rulers have also put them in the spotlight.

In February, the Oluwo of Iwoland, Abdulrasheed Akanbi, a flamboyant and controversial oba in the south-west state of Osun engaged in a public brawl with another monarch, Dhikrulahi Akinropo, Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa.

Tempers flared at a meeting to settle a land dispute and Oba Akanbi is currently serving a six-month suspension for his part in the altercation.

'Traditional trendiness'
But some monarchs are determined to remain relevant.

Oba Akanbi's Instagram page is an album of very colourful pictures and in one post he talks about "21st Century Kings".

"You think Kings can't "Swag"!! 21st Century Kings like me will catch you unawares!!! You got it all wrong by thinking kings are just 'old raggedy, sad looking, can't dance, working with voodoo, scary looking, can't have fun and only boring!!!" he posted.


But such "traditional trendiness" has not caught on among young people and many took the opportunity of the emir's dethronement in Kano to criticise the monarchy.

"Kings that have no authority, no armies, fight no wars, bear no responsibility for the development or prosperity of their domain.

"Yet we indulge in this pitiful fantasy of them being the all powerful as Kings who did all these and more in the days of yore. Too funny," this user said.

Source : https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-51853564

0 Shares 0 Like •

RE: How Nigeria's Kings Lost Their Power by Jamesbalogun1(1): Sun May 2020 01:41am
SEEKING FOR RICH SUGAR MUMMY/DAD/LESBIAN/GAY
CONTACT OUR DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR ON (+2348145236851)
Turn your life around,by getting the chance to meet with our Executive sugar mummies
sugar daddies,gay and lesbian connections all over Nigeria,Benin Republic,Ghana, South Africa,UK,U.S.A,
Dubai,Paris,Germany and some other countries, you are also entitled to contract opportunities,job offers in good reputable companies within Nigeria ,
business packages,financial packages and loans offers for businesses
by meeting our prestigious clients,who are highly rich and influential,powerful,connected,
we have directors,C.e.o ,senators,managers,politicians,
oil tycoon,big time Dubai and London based sugar mummies and daddies,we have ladies that owns two to three companies within one state and also ladies thatrun their business organization within
overseas,so are you good in bed,do you have all it takes to partake in our service,we offered fast reliable service to you anywhere you are within the above
mention countries
,our clients are highly connected and influential people within the society, ,so contact us now to get an instant hook-up today,
FACEBOOK NAME/bALOGUN JAMES SUNDAY
PHONE NUMBERS/08145236851

WHATSAPP NUMBER/+2348145236851

AFRICAN DATING AGENCY.....YOUR WISH IS OUR DESIRE..........

0 Likes


(1) | (1 of 1 pages) (» Go Up)

You must Sign in or Sign Up to post content

For you to post content on this website you have to log in or register, it only take few minute to create account

Go Up

Recommended for you

How Nigeria's Kings Lost Their Power

Currently: 1 guest(s) reading this article

Sections: Business, World List Directory, Investment, Travel, HistoryKe, Innovation, Universities, Webmasters, Computers, Building/Architecture, Jokes Etc, Photography, Gossip, TV/Movies, Literature, Ugandan Forum, Rwanda Forum, Somalia Forum, Burundi Forum, South Sudan Forum,

About Us | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy | FAQ's | Disclaimer | Copyright | Contact Us | Advertise With Us | Download K247 APP | Marketplace | Moderator Policy | We Are Hiring | Kenya Radio and TV Stations Listen and Watch Live | Letter From the C.E.O | Kenya Radio Stations Live | Kenya TV Stations Live | Kenya - Newspapers and News Sites and popular blog | Forum Rules | Featured LinksFollow Us on TwitterLike Us on Facebook

Kenyans247 - Copyright © 2019 - 2020 Sande Kennedy. All rights reserved. See How To Advertise.
Disclaimer: Every Kenyans247 member is solely responsible for anything that he/she posts or uploads on Kenyans247.