Gbagyi Youth Protest In Kaduna Over Appointment Of ‘Settler’ As District Head

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    Governor Nasir el-Rufai

    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    Concerned Youth in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State under the auspices of Gbagyi Youth Progressive Union has rejected Abdullahi Shittu who is recently appointed by Governor Nasir el-Rufai as the District Head of Gwagwada District in Gbagyi Chiefdom

    The youth at a peaceful demonstration in Gonin Gora and Sabon Tasha enjoined all the traditional institutions in Gbagyi land and government officials to wade in and rescue Gwagwada District from imminent chieftaincy clash.

    According to the chairman and secretary of the union, Ibrahim Wadason and Abashe David, the selection of a new traditional ruler for the ancient town of Gwagwada was “unjust, unfair and without following due process.

    The youth, who stormed the residence of the state Commissioner of Sports Daniel Dan’auta a member of the State Executive Council from the local government and member representing Chikun Constituency at the State House of Assembly, Markus Zarmai Yari said that the process which led to the emergence of the new District Head, Abdullahi Shittu was “a development, which negated the principle of fairness and tradition of the Land

    The Gbagyi youth noted that Gwagwada is an ancient community with historical relevance to the Gwagyiland, and not a mere settlement.

    “The issue of royalty must be handled with the utmost care. We are not on the same page with the governor and those involved in the selection process of Abdullahi Shittu but we are pleased with the three names submitted for screening by our traditional council.

    “Our Traditional council does not submit the Name of Abdullahi Shittu, we do not know him, and he is not from Gbagyiland. He is just a settler, why should the government distort history and bring someone from outside our chiefdom to come and rule us; we will resist it for the sake of History the youth said”

    The Concerned Youths added that” we are concerned about the growth and development of our community, and obviously, we want somebody that will continue where our forefathers stopped, but not a person whose emergence to the throne is against customs and traditions of our land. Anything contrary to due process is a taboo and we don’t want it.

    ”We already know everyone who is eligible for the position and the one approved by the government is not one of them. So, where does the family of the imposed one by the government fit in for them to have produced a District Head in Gbagyiland

    They further accused some politicians of playing politics with the title “Was the Governor given the full details of what has now turned out to be a fraudulent show of shame? Our Governor El-Rufai has always been fair to the Gbagyi people and will never like to see the people of a whole town and dynasty as unhappy as we are today. We know our Governor hates lies and deception and he must let them know that a mistake has been made and it must be corrected immediately”

    The Gbagyi Youths Progressive Union then urged the people of the community to remain “calm and  resolute in their bid to ensure a rightful man, a son of the soil emerges as the District Head of Gwagwada.

    It would be recalled that Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai in April last year, sacked over three thousand District and village heads in the state

    Recently the Kaduna State Government has announced the appointment of heads of the 77 restructured districts in the state with Abdullahi Shittu as the District Head of Gwagwada.

    According to the statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Kaduna Governor, the appointments followed the conclusion of checks and assessments of the 230 nominees forwarded by the 32 emirates and chiefdom’s in the state.

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