The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, says there is a need to create a constitutional role for traditional rulers in the country.
Fagbemi stated this while speaking at the turning-of-the-sod ceremony of the Bar building project of the Ibadan branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Friday in Ibadan.
He said this was necessary because traditional institutions remained the most accessible and closest to the citizens.
“The traditional rulers play an important role in communicating government policies and programmes to members of the community, and also help in the provision of succour during crises,” Fagbemi added.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) noted also that traditional rulers play a great and vital role in maintaining peaceful co-existence in their various communities.
“They are the closest to the grassroots, which makes it possible for them to conveniently prevent violence in their domain, ” he said.