By: Ogunleye Oluwapelumi
ADHURIC, a human rights platform and culture advocate, has recently addressed the concerning issue of the incessant killings and kidnapping of kings. In a statement released by Comr. Olusola Onagunwa, the National President of ADHURIC, the organization expressed its position on this matter, which has attracted widespread attention and sparked intense debates.
Highlighting the significance of kings in African culture, the statement emphasized their historical role as powerful figures who were next to the gods. While the constitutional democracy has diminished their absolute powers, the monarchical institution still holds immense importance as the closest administrator of an African community.
The statement acknowledged the native customs and rituals involved in the selection and installation of kings, which bestow upon them a god-like status within their communities.
“Kings were next to the gods in African culture. They were powerful and cannot be dared. Their assertive presence made them the Arbiter and final authority for resolution of almost all matters regarding individuals and the communities.
“Though the enormous powers being welded by the Kings which made them absolute and sometimes despotic and tyrants had been abolished by the constitutional democracy, yet it remains a fact that the closest administrator of an African Community is still the Monarch.
“Monarchical institution represent the image-maker of our tradition and customs as a people. It enjoys some form of immutability and strong native power.
“Irrespective of whether you are a Christian or Muslim, once any man becomes the King, he cannot identify with any foreign religion anymore. In fact the process that will throw up the chosen one is predominantly traditional and native. It involves the use of oracle, enchantments, sacrifices, and others. You cannot go through the native custom of installation and come out to be an evangelist or Imam of some sort. NO.
“It is a BIG SHAME on me and you, to see our culture getting eroded day by day.” Onagunwa partly said in his statement.
The organization called for collective efforts to address the alarming rise in killings and kidnappings, recognizing the impact it has on African culture and society as a whole.