17 OCTOBER, 2008
In search of true Republicans by Chippla Vandu questioned the existence of systems that tend to elevate a certain section of society above others due to hereditary rights. This is in support of that excellent article. Re-examining the roles of those titled individuals is not extremely complicated as those die hard traditionalists will have us believe. While our society remain tainted with endemic corruption, it would be useful to explore areas that appear to add value to every corner of the Nigerian society. Or does it?
Nigerian monarchs, who are meant to serve as the conscience of the nation, have shown all-too-well in the past that they are unable to question evil.
Their creation, the Chiefs are growing rich on bribes, while the rest of the subjects look on and copy those actions. "Now you even have armed robbers, corrupt politicians and all sorts of people being chiefs". A patronage that enables corruption is a reason Nigeria has regressed, it should be talked about in order to examine its true value to society. History, culture and tradition lives in Nigeria but it must adapt to changing times and formally question its significance and importance in the wider world, else, there will be nothing left to leave to future generations.