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Zamfara Governor Matawalle Orders Traditional Rulers To Seek Permission Before Bestowing Titles

Channels Television  
Updated July 20, 2022
File photo of the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle.

 

The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has directed traditional rulers to seek permission before bestowing titles on people in the state.

The directive was contained in a statement on Wednesday by the governor’s spokesman, Zailani Bappa.

“All Emirs, Senior District Heads and District Heads in the state are hereby directed to officially seek permission from the State Government before conferring traditional titles to anyone,” the governor said.

READ ALSO: Zamfara Govt Suspends Emir For Giving ’Notorious Bandit Leader’ Chieftaincy Title

Channels Television had reported how the state government suspended the Emir of Birnin ‘Yandoto of Tsafe Local Government Area, Aliyu Marafa, for conferring a chieftaincy title to a “notorious bandit leader”.

Three days after the suspension, the government warned against the indiscriminately bestowing of award and possible abuse of the traditional institution.

“Henceforth, no Emir, Senior District Head, or District Head must appoint anybody into any traditional office without securing official permission and clearance from the state government,” Governor Matawalle stated.

“Compliance to this directive is now mandatory and failure to it will attract serious reprimand from the state Government.”

Several bandit group leaders and lieutenants arrived at the venue of the occasion on several motorbikes to celebrate with Aleru during his turbaning.

The decision to make the bandits’ leader a chief was aimed at finding lasting peace in Tsafe and the Yandoton Daji Emirates, and other areas that were regularly attacked by Aleru-led gangs.

Zamfara is one of the states in the northwest and north-central worst hit by bandits who launch a series of attacks, kill people and also kidnap for ransom.

Despite measures taken by the state government to tackle the menace of banditry, the criminals have continued to strike.

See the full statement issued below:

GOVERNMENT ORDERS FOR SEEKING PERMISSION TO AWARD TITLES

Zamfara State Governor, Dr Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) has directed traditional Institutions in the state to seek approval from the state Government before awarding and conferring traditional titles.

“All Emirs, Senior District Heads and District Heads in the state are hereby directed to officially seek permission from the State Government before conferring traditional titles to anyone”, the Governor said.

The directive becomes necessary in order to check indicriminate award and possible abuse of the traditional institution.

“Henceforth, no Emir, Senior District Head, or District Head must appoint anybody into any traditional office without securing official permission and clearance from the state Government” Governor Matawalle directed.

“Compliance to this directive is now mandatory and failure to it will attract serious reprimand from the state Government”, the Governor warned.

This directive comes after a traditional title was controversially bestowed last week by the Yandoto Emirate, a development that did not go down well with the majority of people within and outside the state.

Zailani Bappa

Special Adviser

Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications.

20th July 2022