The Speaker House of Representatives, Abbas Tajuddeen, has promised that the 10th National Assembly will revisit the bill seeking constitutional roles for traditional rulers.
The speaker, who spoke on a courtesy visit to the Emir of Zazzau, Malam Ahmed Bamalli, said: “I want to intimate you that we will revisit the recommendations of the bill submitted by the traditional rulers seeking for a constitutional roles and ensure that the bill is passed.”
He said that the visit was a homecoming to seek royal blessings, guidance and prayers from the royal father.
Tajuddeen, who was accompanied by some members and leadership of the house, told the emir that the visit was to also appreciate the support and prayers received from his constituency and Nigerians.
“We are here to also seek for advises from you the traditional rulers.
In his response, the emir noted that the traditional rulers had played several developmental roles at the pre-independent and post independent Nigeria, as such their roles could not be over emphasised.
He also noted with dismay that some politicians were initially against the bill seeking constitutional roles for the rulers on the premise that such roles would amount to creating another tier of government.
The emir said that it is not true that assigning constitutional roles to the traditional rulers would amount to creating another tier of government.
The royal father said that an extensive deliberation on the issue was held in Kaduna under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto.
He added that a committee headed by Emir of Lafia, Nasarawa State, who was a former Justice of Supreme Court, drafted the bill which was eventually not passed by the NASS.
“We are therefore appealing to the 10th assembly to revisit the bill and ensure its speedy passage to enhance security, growth and national development.”