Presidency’s Engagement with Traditional Rulers: The Importance and the Benefits, by Arabinrin Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello

The recent visits of the president and vice president to traditional rulers during this holiday hold immense importance and offer numerous benefits.


President Bola Ahmed Tinubu visited some foremost kings in Yorubaland while his vice, Kashim Shettima, paid a courtesy visit on the Sultan of Sokoto and it was said that Ooni of Ife will be visited later this month.



By acknowledging and engaging with traditional rulers, Nigerians can be rest assured that prevailing vices of dangerous citizens will become a thing of the past.



It is vital to note that these kings, chiefs, and local leaders act as channels to the people, and they possess invaluable insights. Unfortunately, since the military era, their functions have been overlooked. However, Tinubu aims to revive their roles and establish them as integral parts of governance in the country.


To the president, the inclusion of traditional rulers offers numerous advantages, and the essence of the visit is for the country to be able to secure its citizens through vital information from the locals which will help the security agencies to improve the security situation in the country which will in return enable the nation to boost its agricultural input, preserving and promoting cultural heritage, tourism promotions, commerce, and facilitating interstate business affairs.



Historically, kings have played a significant role in stabilizing and sanitizing communities. When it comes to security, their close connection to the people enables them to gather firsthand information and help to curb insecurities.


President Tinubu’s efforts aim to unite all individuals and officials, engaging relevant stakeholders in governance for the benefit of the country. Also, the involvement of traditional rulers presents an opportunity to boost tourism. By properly leveraging on this, Nigeria can generate substantial revenue from tourism, particularly when security concerns have been addressed.



By recognizing the importance of these rulers and incorporating them, the presidency can know the heart and be close to the people. President Tinubu’s leadership in this regard showcases his dedication to fostering a secured, united, and prosperous Nigeria for all its citizens.







_Arabinrin Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello is an Award-Winning investigative journalist. Good Governance, Gender Rights, and Peace Advocate. She writes from Abuja_

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