Traditional Institutions and Politics in Nigeria: Further Remarks
(Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2018)
Traditional Institutions in Nigeria are the pillars of democracy in Nigeria. Government comes and goes but the traditional institutions have remained an integral framework of our history and the bedrock of our nation’s democracy. No government can work harmoniously without the assistance of the tradition institutions because these institutions have remained the pulse of the people and an enduring part of our cultural heritage. No society progresses without defined cultural norms and values which regulate the activities of its people. Politically, looking at the history of Africa it shows that countries have defined structures for the traditional institutions. For instance, the Nigeria’s 1960 and 1963 Constitutions created a Council of Chiefs for them in the regions and some of them were even regional Governors. The 1979 Constitution also gave them representations in the National Council of State and charged the traditional rulers with certain responsibilities in the political arena indirectly, This paper Seeks to discuss what roles do traditional institutions play in political arena and what challenges did traditional institutions face during and after elections and how to overcome such challenges in Nigeria.