RELEVANCE OF TRADITIONAL RULERS IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIA LOCAL GOVT. ADMINISTRATION; A CASE STUDY OF UMUMBO KINGDOM IN AYAMELUM LGA ANAMBRA,NIGERIA

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relevance of traditional rulers in contemporary Nigeria’s governance has been a subject of great controversy.  The discourse led to different opinions among Nigerians.  In some quarters, they argued that traditional institutions are archaic, particularist and anti-democratic while some Nigerians believed that the institutions of traditional rulership should be preserved and allowed to co-exist with the democratic governance in vogue.  It is in an attempt to resolve this argument that this academic exercise was necessitated.  In this endeavour, the study utilizes relevant literatures and as well collected raw data through the use of the Likert Scale questionnaire and oral interview in surveying the opinion of the people in Ozoro Kingdom on what should be the position of our Royal Fathers in the emerging Nigerian Political order.  The study revealed that before the advent of colonialism, traditional rulers were the custodian of the people’s culture and tradition but the situation changed when their powers were eroded through colonialism, military dictatorship, constitutional review and self inflicted attitudes of the Royal Fathers.  It is conspicuous that the unholy marriage of the traditional rulers co-existing with elected representative in the Nigerian Democratic order is anomalous.  However, due to primordial sentiments and legitimacy which the traditional rulers still enjoy among populace, it would be better to disallow them from active party politics and cloth them with honours pending on when Nigeria would be able to modernize her political system.