- Kingsley Moghalu has reacted to the creation of four new emirates by Kano state governor, Umar Ganduje
- The YPP presidential candidate in 2019 general election said the attempt is to whittle down Emir Sanusi's power and "quash independent voice"
- The former deputy CBN governor called for the restructuring of the country to allow traditional rulers function in advisory role
Kingsley Moghalu has berated the creation of four new emirates in Kano by Governor Umar Ganduje, describing the development as an attempt to bastardise the throne of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi for politically motivated reasons.
Moghalu, who was the presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the 2019 election, made this known on Friday, May 10, while speaking at the Sikiru Kayode Adetona third annual professorial chair lecture, The Cable reports.
The former deputy governor of CBN described the development in Kano as an attempt to "quash an independent voice."
He, however, posited that the traditional rulers ought to be selected by the citizens and not the governors.
He said: "We have seen something happened recently in Kano state, that is the emir of Kano’s throne has been balkanised and bastardised.
''We know why; it is to quash an independent voice, so this raises the question of the roles of traditional rulers.''
“The government should no longer appoint traditional rulers. Let the traditional rulers be selected by their community and recognised by the government."
Moghalu, who raised an eyebrow against traditional rulers being the "errand boys for politicians," called for the restructuring of Nigeria constitution in a way that will allow traditional rulers play an advisory roles.
He said: “In a restructured Nigeria, with a new constitution, traditional rulers should have a formal role, that is, advisory roles. This is what we should do. We cannot make traditional rulers errand boys for politicians and when they refuse to play that role we begin to play around with them.”
He also called for the total restructuring of Nigeria, saying the need is expedient as it will help empower people to demand for good governance and accountability.
He added: “We need to empower our people to demand good governance, accountability,” he said.
“Without restructuring Nigeria, It will be very difficult to get local governance in Nigeria. What we should do is that there should be two tiers of governance in Nigeria; the national government and the sub-national government where the latter can then create whatever structure they deem appropriate at the local level.
“The question of constitutional restructuring must be addressed. We as citizens, who elected them, should take responsibility for the failure of our government because if you want a restructured Nigeria, then you should vote for a government that believes that Nigeria is not working and needs constitutional restructuring.
“The reason we are still missing it in over 60 years is that we still haven’t got good leadership.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that shortly after losing in the 2019 elections, Kingsley Moghalu shared his disappointment in the election process which scored him only 21, 886 around the country.
Moghalu retorted that the Nigerian youths were a huge disappointment as they never backed their words with actions.
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