Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections has promised to introduce reforms to enhance the status of traditional institutions in the country.
Atiku disclosed this during a visit to Oba Lekan Balogun, the Olubadan of Ibadan on Thursday.
Also told the Ibadan monarch that when elected, his administration would introduce reforms that will allow the traditional rulers to perform their roles as expected.
Admitting that Nigeria is currently facing issues like insecurity, he noted that traditional rulers have roles to play in maintaining peace and security within their domains.
He also added that such reforms when introduced would place traditional rulers in a position to ensure peace and security in their areas.
“Let me assure you that the PDP government will bring some reforms to enhance the position of traditional rulers.
“To ensure that the traditional institutions play roles in ensuring security in the country.
“I remember that during the colonial regime, the traditional rulers play significant roles in ensuring security in their domains.
“The PDP will introduce the reforms to ensure that traditional institutions take their rightful place. The government will dialogue with the people of various sections and areas in the country. These are the things we plan to introduce when we come to power."
Speaking through High Chief Tajudeen Ajibola, Oba Balogun advised Atiku to tackle insecurity in the country.
He also called for the creation of Ibadan State.
“On behalf of the Kabiesi, the Kabiesi said that we need Ibadan State. The people of Ibadan, don’t you want Ibadan state? We want you to fix security in the country."
Prominent PDP leaders who accompanied Atiku to the palace included the Vice Presidential candidate, Dr. Ifyanyi Okowa, PDP National Chairman, Iyorcha Ayu, his predecessor, Prince Uche Secondus, Idris Wada, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Dino Melaye, Namadi Sambo and Sule Lamido.
Others are Indidi Elumelu, Abdul Ningi, Bonie Haruna, Lyel Imoke, Yakubu Dogara and Philip Aduda.
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