Abdulfatai Coker: Yoruba Monarchs In North Not Accorded Respect
Oba of Yoruba in Sokoto, Abdulfatai Coker, has said that the Yoruba monarchs in the Northern part of the country should be appreciated and respected for sustaining the culture and tradition of the Yoruba in the region.
Coker, who was installed as the Sarkin Yoruba in Sokoto by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, in February, 2016, however, noted that Yoruba monarchs in the North were often relegated by visiting political leaders from the South-West.
Speaking to Sunday PUNCH in Sokoto on Friday, t[b]he Sarkin contended that his counterparts from other tribes were accorded due respect and honour by their political leaders whenever they visited the North for political rallies and other engagements.
He added that his roles as a Yoruba Oba in the North include mediating in conflicts and preventing crisis as well as mobilising his people and encouraging them to perform various political and civic responsibilities.
Asked what roles the Yoruba monarchs in the region played whenever political leaders from the South-West visited their state, Coker said, “We don’t get to play any significant role because they do not recognize us or appreciate our contributions.”
He added, “We don’t get the due respect and recognition especially from visiting Yoruba politicians. Recently, the All Progressives Congress leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, was in the state and I was introduced to him as the Sarkin Yoruba in Sokoto, he just looked away.”