Enugu – President Goodluck Jonathan on
Thursday said the Federal Government was
collaborating with the National Assembly to
create constitutional roles for traditional rulers in
He made this known in his message to a two-
day South-East and South-South Traditional
Rulers Retreat in Enugu.
Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister
of Special Duties, Kabir Turaki, said that
additional roles for traditional rulers were
necessary to enable them to contribute to nation
According to him, the roles will also ensure
better involvement and participation of the
monarchs in issues of governance and
administration in the country.
In his speech, the Sultan of Sokoto, Dr
Muhammad Abubakar IV, declared the readiness
of traditional rulers to assist governments in the
country in the discharge of their duties.
He called on traditional rulers to respect the
traditional institution and work together for the
development of the country.
The sultan, who said that he was at the retreat
to demonstrate his solidarity with traditional
rulers in the zones, urged them to embrace and
respect cultural values.
“Traditional rulers are not looking for offices to
hold; we are trying to help in the discharge of
“Politicians should look at us as brothers and
colleagues to help them perform effectively. We
must pray for our country and love one another
to ensure unity,’’ he said.
Abubakar, however, commended the Federal,
Lagos and Rivers governments for combating
Earlier in his message, Enugu state governor,
Sullivan Chime, said that the retreat was apt as
the 2015 elections were fast approaching.
Represented by the Commissioner for Chieftaincy
Matters, Pastor Emeka Abugu, Chime urged the
traditional rulers to propagate peace and remain
custodians of truth in the society.