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2009 (Vol. 1, Issue: 1)
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Chieftaincy Institution and Traditional Taboo in South-western Nigeria: Review Article

A.F.E. Adedayo Emmanuel
Corresponding Author:  Adedayo Emmanuel AFE 

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Vol. 1 , (1): Page no: 6-9
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2009 April, 04 2009 May, 18
Abstract:

The chieftaincy institution has come under severe criticism in Nigeria in recent times owing to the institutionís ambiguous role in modern times (be it under the military or civilian dispensations). During the military regime, the institution was alleged to have co-habited with the military in running the government behind the curtain. In the civilian dispensation (both in the past and now), some of them were accused of partisan politics to the ridiculous extent of election rigging. Therefore, this study focuses on the chieftaincy institution and traditional taboo in South-western Nigeria, that is, how the chieftaincy institution employed traditional taboo to maintain peace, law and order in Yoruba speaking South-Western Nigeria in the past. This study relied on materials derived from oral testimonies received from traditional rulers, chiefs, elders, and some other custodian of culture of the people. Relevant information from available literatures on taboo provided the background to the study. This study is approached from a socio-historical perspective and the method employed is analytical of source materials. It is the opinion of this study that taboo which was one of the mechanisms used by the chieftaincy institution to maintain peace, law and order in the past; can still be relevant today.
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A.F.E. Adedayo Emmanuel, 2009. Chieftaincy Institution and Traditional Taboo in South-western Nigeria: Review Article.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 1(1): Page no: 6-9.
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