In defence of our traditional institutions against agents of destruction by Digma Zubairu


BY DIGMA ZUBAIRU, JULY 01, 2024 | 11:12 AM

In Nigeria, traditional institutions have long played a crucial role in the societal structure, providing a sense of identity and stability for the people. However, in recent times, there has been a concerted effort by certain agents to politicize and weaken these traditional institutions to the point of non-existence. These agents of destruction aim to destroy anything decent that is backed by religion and culture, eroding the rich cultural heritage of the Nigerian people.

One of the key tactics employed by these agents is the manipulation of local government structures. The creation of local governments in Nigeria provided a platform for politicians and other vested interests to exert influence over traditional institutions. By weakening the power and authority of traditional rulers through legal and administrative means, these agents seek to diminish the significance of traditional institutions in the eyes of the people.

An example of this can be seen in the 1976 edict that refused to recognize traditional rulers as legitimate authorities. This move not only undermined the traditional governance structures that had existed for centuries but also paved the way for further attacks on these institutions. By stripping traditional rulers of their official recognition, the agents of destruction sought to diminish their influence and prestige in the eyes of the people.

Furthermore, these agents have also sought to co-opt traditional institutions for their own political gains. By installing cronies and puppets in key positions within traditional institutions, they have further weakened the integrity and independence of these institutions. This has eroded the trust and respect that the people once held for their traditional leaders, further marginalizing these institutions in the political landscape.

The impact of these actions on Nigerian society has been profound. The erosion of traditional institutions has led to a loss of cultural identity and heritage for many communities. With traditional rulers being sidelined and marginalized, the traditional values and customs that once held communities together are now under threat.

Moreover, the politicization of traditional institutions has led to increased corruption and malfeasance within these structures. With political interests taking precedence over the well-being of the people, traditional institutions have become mere puppets in the hands of unscrupulous individuals seeking to further their own agendas.

In light of these challenges, it is imperative for the Nigerian people to be cautious in dealing with their rich cultural heritage. Preserving and protecting traditional institutions is not just a matter of cultural pride but a safeguard against further erosion of the societal fabric. By recognizing the tactics employed by agents of destruction and standing up against their destructive actions, the Nigerian people can reclaim and strengthen their traditional institutions for future generations.

In conclusion, the politicization and weakening of traditional institutions by agents of destruction is a grave threat to the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria. By recognizing the tactics employed by these agents and actively resisting their destructive actions, the Nigerian people can reclaim and strengthen their traditional institutions for the benefit of future generations. It is essential to safeguard and preserve these institutions as they are a vital part of the societal fabric and identity of the Nigerian people.~ Digma Zubairu, fcim.

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