OPINION: "The king can do no wrong"-Alfa Tijani -Anyigbaleft

This belief may soon be openly challenged unless traditional rulers quickly refrain from acts that portray political bias and partiality...

This belief may soon be openly challenged unless traditional rulers quickly refrain from acts that portray political bias and partiality .

Few days ago , various interest groups in Kogi State tried to outdo each other in the sycophancy game prevalent then at the Aso Rock Villa , your royal highnesses were unfortunately not left out .

Unfortunate , because as custodians of tradition and culture , you should only be associated with sycophancy if it is accepted that our traditions and cultures are imbued with such negative traits . But the upbringing I was given , and which I thought I shared with your royal highnesses , never in the remotest sense taught me that there is virtue in sycophancy .

 I can forgive other groups who went to the Villa to tell President Muhammad Buhari that Bello is the best thing that happened to Kogi (most probably since the emergence of sliced bread) , because I did not hold them on the same pedestal as your royal highnesses .

 But for you to go down from different corners and crannies of the state to Aso rock , resplendent -in your royal regalia to tell the President Muhammad Buhari that you "have looked right , left and centre and could not find any suitable being who could rule this state except Bello" in a state of over 1 million souls speaks volumes of the entire traditional institution .

In the first instance , this is not only sycophantic but also false and what is most intriguing is that your royal highnesses knew it to be so . This has led me to begin to question the relevance of the traditional institution .

Your royal highness , most of you must have inherited your stools from either your fathers or uncles . If you may please reflect , you certainly will recollect that you are not half as "powerful" as your predecessors were . In their eras , they could imprison and execute their subjects judiciously or otherwise , take away their subjects' wives and/or properties , send their subjects on exile , etc , and no one dared challenge them . But with time , these "powers" whittled away to the present state where you can now only "tie" your horses .

Your royal highnesses , let history not repeat itself in Igala Kingdom .

-Alfa Tijani write from Ajaka.




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ANYIGBALEFT: OPINION: "The king can do no wrong"-Alfa Tijani -Anyigbaleft
OPINION: "The king can do no wrong"-Alfa Tijani -Anyigbaleft
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