Onjeh congratulates Sanusi II on his reinstatement as Kano Emir

Former Chairman of the Governing Board of Project Development Institute (PRODA) of Enugu State, Comrade Daniel Onjeh, has expressed his heartfelt congratulations to His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, on his reinstatement as Emir of Kano Emirate by the Governor of Kano State, Abba. Yusuf.

In a press statement issued on Thursday, Comrade Onjeh opined that while the royal fathers are expected to avoid partisanship in their administration and approach to issues in general, when the occasion demands it, they must stand up and speak on behalf of the people which represent.

Onjeh further stated that any attempt to gag or straitjacket any traditional leader would be totally undemocratic because as citizens, they equally enjoy the fundamental rights guaranteed by the relevant sections of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, including freedom expression; as long as what they say is not subversive for the State but rather redounds to the general interest of the State and its citizens.

Furthermore, Comrade Onjeh, senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Benue South in the 2023 general elections, stated that in recent times, traditional leaders in Nigeria are mostly very educated people, and some of them are outstanding professionals. with an impressive track record in their respective fields of activity before coming to serve their people in the traditional council. He added that some traditional leaders have also served their societies for a long time, so they have enough experience to contribute to the development of the society.

“Therefore, if you have any idea or opinion that can contribute to the healthy growth and development of the society or nation, you should be free to express yourself.

“How can we expect someone with the education, training, experience and exposure of His Royal Highness Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, an accomplished economist and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, not to lend his voice to current issues such as the Nigerian economy? Indeed, he owes the country the patriotic responsibility to speak out when things go wrong or when something threatens the peace, unity and development of the nation,” Onjeh stated.

While urging other Nigerian emirs and traditional rulers to always feel free to contribute their decent quotas to current national issues rather than focusing exclusively on local issues within their domains, Onjeh noted that the world is now a global village, hence the scope of the work of Members of traditional institutions must transcend the resolution of communal disputes, to anything that contributes to the safety, well-being and well-being of their neighborhoods and communities in general.

According to Onjeh, the control that different state governments have over traditional rulers in their respective states is for the purpose of supervision and not revenge.

“Indeed, state governments’ control over their traditional institutions also serves to provide checks and balances, so that misguided traditional rulers can be called to order or disciplined accordingly. Then, when traditional rulers have done something wrong, it will be clear to members of society that they have done something wrong and deserve to be reprimanded. That control should not be included when a traditional ruler expresses his honest opinion on how Nigeria should be or how his society should be,” Onjeh added.

Comrade Onjeh, a former student activist and former President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), further stated that the case of the dismissal and subsequent reinstatement of Emir Sanusi II was clear proof that no matter how long justice is suppressed , , will undoubtedly prevail in the end. He added that it is a good lesson for all authorities who dictate arbitrary laws that they intend to use as a big stick against dissident voices.

“What just happened in the case of Emir Sanusi is very good for our democracy, because it has also established that any anti-people law enacted by a previous parliament can be revoked by a subsequent one,” Onjeh said.

Onjeh added that the reinstatement of Emir Sanusi II was a great lesson for all state governors who wish to create laws for their selfish interests or as leeway to settle political scores.

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