Despite the many setbacks, the respect for the traditional institution in Nigeria since Independence has grown steadily, particularly among the political elite. Indeed, there was a recent media account by the veteran journalist, Peter Enahoro, about his brother, Honourable Anthony Enahoro, acquiring the traditional title of Adolor of Uromi to avoid being ridiculed in the Western House of Assembly as a mere “Mister” among members, who were mostly “traditional chiefs.” The irony was also captured in 1982 by the veteran television journalist, Frank Olizeh, when he reported that, though the pre-Independence House of Chiefs had been eliminated in the post-Republican era, there was an uncanny paradox happening in which elected members of the House of Representatives were acquiring chieftaincy titles at a pace that their chamber was becoming the House of Chiefs! Indeed, the acquisition of chieftaincy titles is still seen as conferring legitimacy on recipients for their roles in modern Nigeria.
They are accomplished bankers, engineers, businessmen and academics. That is the trend now.” The corollary to this development is that the stools are now more keenly contested, even as more effective laws also exist to smoothen the succession process. Recent successions in Kano and Ife were keenly competitive, but quickly resolved. The kingdoms of Warri/Itsekiri, Ibadan, Benin, etc followed established practices without hitches.