So Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed their first baby, a healthy baby boy into the world this week.
The Royal Birth made all the news headlines, from CNN to BBC, from London Times to Aljazeera, etc, everyone carried the news of the birth of the baby, watched the video of a very excited Harry and then followed up with news of the baby’s name.
I saw a video of people who travelled miles with balloons and other ‘baby shower’ stuff to welcome the new baby.
The whole world was excited with the addition to the royal family.
Over here in Nigeria, what are we doing with our royalties, our monarchies and ancient kingdoms?
We are playing politics with them.
An Emirate as old as that of Kano, the current structure dating back to 1805, was disintegrated like it means nothing because someone has a scores to settle.
This isn’t the first time a politician has messed with an established monarch like that of Kano.
Students of history will tell you that it also happened in Ibadan years ago.
In Warri, Awolowo had scores to settle with a group of people who didn’t vote for him, so he changed the title of the Olu of Itsekiri to Olu of Warri and what followed was almost a decade of constant fight between the tribes in Warri.
Generally, we seem to have no regard for these ancient systems of government before the advent of democracy or whatever it is we are practicing in this country.
Traditional rulers are just pawns in the hands of politicians, and are used by even the rulers themselves to promote their greed, and sometimes, tribalism.
It isn’t just the rulers, or kingdoms; we have no respect or regards for our history.
Every year, thousands of Nigerians travel for tourism. We go to ancient sites in Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Italy, Britain, US etc.
Imagine if these people had treated their history, their art and culture the way we do ours.
One would think since the white people who colonized this country disrespected much of our ancient systems of government, we would make laws to protect the institutions we have left.
But no, instead, what we have left, we are further destroying to settle personal scores, things that won’t matter in 50 years.