Gbagyi Traditional Council Suspends Coronation Of Gwagwada District Head Over Protests

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The protesters in front of SA Gbagyi' Palace.

 By KATO P. LADAN,  Kaduna

Gbagyi Traditional Council has suspended the coronation of Abdullahi Shittu as the District Head of Gwagwada  District earlier scheduled  for this Thursday as directed by the Kaduna State  Government following series of protests by the Gbayi Youth Progressive Union (GYPU). 

The Gbagyi Traditional Council appealed to the GYPU to be calm and embrace peace as the traditional council was working hard to resolve and douse the tension which the appointment of Abdullahi Shittu who was said to be a non indigene as the District Head of Gwagwada District under the Chiefdom has caused. 

The Council also at a peaceful protest at the palace of the Paramount ruler,  expressed displeasure over the recent appointment of Abdullahi Shitu whom they described  as a settler in Gbagyi land. 

Chairman of the GPS,  Ibrahim Wadason said the youth will do all it takes to reject Abduillahi Shittu and also to ensure the turbaning ceremony does not hold, until a Gbagyi  native is appointed for the position

“We just woke up to learn that a settler who has no knowledge of our culture nor tradition has been appointed as District Head in our land, Gwagwada is a Gbagyi Land occupied by Gbagyi Natives and so only a Gbayi man can rule his people”

“Before you  rule people,  you must know their likes and dislikes,  to rule them better. No amount of pressure or intimidation will make us accept this. We are concerned  about the future of our heritage and culture.  If we allow this to happen,  our children and our children’s  children will never forgive us for not doing the right thing at the right time. 

“Our Culture is our Pride”

“Abdulahi Shittu is not among the three names the Gbagyi Traditional Council submitted to the state government for screening, how come he emerged  as the most qualified candidate. 

“There must be a foul play somewhere  by someone interested in denying  us our rights, ” the group said. 

The Angry youths disrupted the Gbagyi stakeholders and Traditional rulers meeting holding at the Sa Gbagyi palace in Ungwan  Romi,  Kaduna

 

Addressing the protesters, Secretary of the Gbagyi Traditional Council Usman Zarmai called on the youth to be law abiding and always respect constituted authorities

According to Zarmai, the Gbagyi Traditional Council  has suspended the turbaning ceremony of Abdullhai Shittu scheduled for this Thursday as Directed by the state government through the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy affairs

“We have suspended the turbanning ceremony, we will go back to the commissioner and explain further your grievances and seek their advice on what to do”

“All we need in our chiefdom and the state at large is to have a peaceful community before, during and after the turbanning, we appeal to you to be calm as we are on top of the situation”

It would be recalled that Abdullahi Shittu was appointed the District Head of Gwagwada District by the Kaduna state Government  in May 2018,  with the youth protesting his choice. 

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