In Ancient times, before the British constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, there have been powerful kings in Nigeria who were seen as demi-gods who were said to own nice influence and management over their subjects and on the people they rule.
In modern times, the powers of those kings have declined because of the emergence of the Federal system of presidency operating in Nigeria. Nevertheless, there are still a number of these monarchs whose influence can not be underestimated and are respected due to their heritage and tradition from time immemorial.
In no serial order, below are the most powerful Kings in Nigeria:-
• The sultan of Sokoto: The sultan’s position in Federal Republic of Nigeria dates back to the pre-colonial era and is one that has a heap of influence particularly for the Muslims. He’s not simply seen as a Monarch however the leader for the Muslims in Nigeria. Currently, sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar IV is the gift Sultan of Sokoto and a primary category king in Nigeria. He succeeded his late brother Muhammadu Maccido who died in an exceedingly plane crash, the ADC Airline flight fifty-three flight to be precise.
• The emir of Kano: Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II was the previous ruler of Kano as he was removed by the Governor of Kano state recently. Sanusi was at one time the governor of the financial organisation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was created ruler once the death of Alhaji Dr. flurry Bayero who dominated for fifty-one years. This ruler of Kano is His Royal Highness, Aminu ado Bayero.
• The Alaafin of Oyo: The Alaafin of Oyo is seen as one of the foremost powerful kings in Nigeria as a result of the culture, heritage and history of the previous Oyo empire that dates back to the pre-colonial era in Nigeria. According to legend, the Alaafin of Oyo wielded such sovereign authority and was seen as god to the Yoruba people. This Alaafin of Oyo is Lamidi Olayiwola III, who succeeded Alaafin Gbadegesi Ladigbolu II.
• The Ooni of Ife: The current Ooni of Ile-Ife is Oba Ogunwusi, and he’s the dominant ruler of the Ife dynasty. It’s same that he plays a powerful half in selecting the Osun’s state governor. The Ooni is additionally a first category King.
• The Dein of Agbor: History has it that the Dein of Agbor became a king at simply four months previous that makes him the youngest monarch to ever ascend a royal throne in Nigeria. King Benjamin Ikenchukwu Keagborekuzi is currently the Dein of Agbor or Officer within the order of the crown because it is popularly called.
• Oba of Republic of Benin: He is additionally referred to as “Omo N’Oba” and therefore the ruler of the Benin kingdom. The ability of this ancient ruler is seen as supreme because the ancient Kingdom of Benin dates back even before the colonial masters settled in Nigeria. This Oba of Benin is Oba Ewuare the II (Ogidigan) Uku Apkolopkpolo who succeeded his late father Oba Eriaduwa.
• Oba of Lagos: He is also referred to as the Eleko of Eko, Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu is that the current Oba of Lagos and also a prestigious king in Nigeria. Lagos itself was the previous capital of Nigeria and presently the foremost populated city in Nigeria.
• Olu of Warri: The Olu of Warri is another powerful first-class king within the country. He’s the leader of the Itsekiri people. The Warri kingdom is currently dominated by a preferred Nigerian lawyer, who has held numerous positions in Warri, Godwin Toju Emiko. Warri is found in Delta state
• Obi of Onitsha: Also on this high ten most powerful Kings in Nigeria is Igwe Nnayelugo alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, a really influential monarch in Nigeria, and he is the current ancient ruler and therefore the obi of Onitsha people. Once it involves problems regarding the south-eastern a part of Nigeria, he’s presumably to be initial consulted that ranks him among the foremost powerful kings in Nigeria.
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