From: BillyGraham Abel, Yola
A former Nigerian Ports Authority boss, Engr. Omar Suleiman, has said it was high time for Nigeria’s constitution be amended to allow traditional authorities more role and to give the institution a major role to play in the internal security and development of the country.
Omar made the remark during his coronation as the Dokaji of Adamawa by the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Aliyu Barkindo Musdafa, late Sunday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
According to him, “I strongly Support constitutional review to better the lots of traditional institutions who have been playing a significant role in ensuring peace in their domain.
“Traditional institutions are closer to the grassroots and deserve more constitutional recognition.”
He noted that the “The peace enjoyed in the north east and in Adamawa state was only made possible through an effective synergy between government and the traditional institutions.”
Speaking during the investiture of the Dokaji of Adamawa title on Omar, the Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Aliyu Mustapha also called on, “Traditional rulers in country to deploy their wealth of experience towards fostering national development and the promotion of peace among diverse cultural representation in the country.
Lamido said that the investiture of the title on the former Managing Director of the Nigeria. Ports Authority was based on the reputation and the track records kept by the former NPA boss during his time in the maritime industry, as well as, his contributions to the development of the state and country.
The royal father challenged Omar to use his new position to foster the cause of humanity and the promotion of peace.
Lamido told the public that the title conferred on Omar “Was based on merit and his significant contribution to the country and the state and the Emirate council and people of Adamawa are proud of his outstanding track records”