Ooni Supports Constitutional Amendments to Expand Monarchy's Authority

The Ooni made these remarks during the eighth anniversary of the Nigeria Most Influential Awards in Abuja, hosted by VGlamour Magazine

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has expressed concern over the diminishing powers of traditional rulers in Nigeria, emphasizing the need for a constitutional review to grant monarchs more authority. He lamented the current situation, where even the chairman of a local government wields more influence than traditional rulers.

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, calls for constitutional review to empower traditional rulers, highlighting their diminishing influence compared to officials
During the Nigeria Most Influential Awards, represented by Onifegunwa, the Ooni’s commitment to grassroots connection and philanthropy was praised

Represented by the Onifegunwa of Ifegunwa, Oba Adedire Adewole Solomon, the Ooni made these remarks during the eighth anniversary of the Nigeria Most Influential Awards in Abuja, hosted by VGlamour Magazine.

The Ooni’s call for a constitutional review is not merely a plea for symbolic recognition; it is a proactive stance aimed at restoring and enhancing the authority of traditional rulers. His proposal likely involves a comprehensive examination of the existing legal frameworks that govern the roles and responsibilities of monarchs. The objective is to secure a constitutional foothold that empowers traditional leaders to actively contribute to governance and community development.

He highlighted the existing clause in the constitution that places the government in complete authority over traditional rulers, resulting in a situation where even a local government chairman has more power than a monarch. The Ooni called for a constitutional review to address this imbalance, asserting that the position of power is crucial, but personality and connection to the grassroots also matter.

The Onifegunwa praised the Ooni’s simplicity, realism, and commitment to the needs of the people and communities. He shared the Ooni’s perspective on the importance of National Assembly members staying connected to their hometowns and villages, emphasizing the significance of being close to the grassroots.

Highlighting the Ooni’s philanthropic efforts, the Onifegunwa commended him for his generosity and support for the underprivileged. The Ooni’s contributions, including significant financial assistance and sponsorship, showcase his dedication to uplifting communities and preserving cultural heritage.

In addition, the Onifegunwa mentioned the Ooni’s foundation, which provides training opportunities for people from across the country, funded by the Ooni’s personal resources. Despite his youth and high level of education, the Ooni remains committed to reviving cultural practices and ensuring the well-being of his people.

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