Soetan: No King Is “Imperial Majesty” In Nigeria

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Human rights activist and public writer, Adeola Soetan has challenged the calling of traditional rulers as “Imperial Majesty”. Soetan, in his submission, explained that, any Oba that can be suspended /removed by a local government chairman or governor cannot claim to be imperial majesty because he lacks the sovereignty and absolute territorial power and control to be so-called The explanation goes thus; No king is “Imperial Majesty” in Nigeria. It’s self deception and undue glorification for any tradomodern ruler to parade himself as “His Imperial Majesty” or answer to such an oversized wrong title. It’s a mere royal comic relief, in a constitutional democracy, no Oba, Obi or Emir is Imperial. The appropriate title is “His Highness” not even “His Royal Highness” which is appropriate for the princesses and princesses. I was first corrected by “Daddy”, Prince Oladele Docemo, a prominent prince of Lagos, (Dosunmu lineage, RIP) in the 1980s that the title of “” Royal Highness” is for princes and princesses. It means the Prince/princess enjoying the Royalty of His Highness. I later discovered this to be true during my years of research into culture and tradition. Any Oba that can be suspended /removed by a local government chairman or governor cannot claim to be imperial majesty because he lacks the sovereignty and absolute territorial power and control to be so-called. Thank you. Adeola Soetan

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