Praises As Etsu Nupe Marks 16 Years On Throne, 67th Birthday

A file photo of the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, during a visit to the State House on May 24, 2019.



Goodwill messages have been trickling in as the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, marks 16 years on the throne and celebrates his 67th birthday.

The paramount ruler of the Nupe Kingdom in Nigeria’s north-central region is also the Chairman of Niger State Traditional Council.

On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari felicitated with the government and people of Niger State, as well as all sons and daughters of the kingdom on the occasion.

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In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, the President congratulated all family members of the royal house, friends and associates of the traditional ruler.

President Buhari praised the nobility, maturity and visionary leadership of the Etsu Nupe as he sits on the throne of his fathers.

He noted that the traditional ruler’s legacy of hard work, discipline and honesty in public service has continued to resonate.

According to the President, the Etsu Nupe has been upholding the historically strong culture and arts of the people, as well as maintaining peace and good neighbourliness with other traditional stools and cultures.

As Chairman of the State Traditional Council, President Buhari affirmed that the culture of acceptance that pervades the state and the versatility in promoting communal living, entrepreneurship, agriculture and education deserves commendation.

He prayed that the Almighty God would grant the Etsu Nupe longer life, more peaceful years on the throne and wisdom to keep guiding his people in the right direction.

Gov. Bello Urges Royal Fathers To Be Watchdogs

Royal FathersNiger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has charged the traditional institution to remain the watchdogs of their domain for further maintenance of peace and to curtail any act capable of breaking law and order.

He made the appeal on Saturday, while presenting staff of office to the 17th Emir of Borgu, Barrister Muhammed Sani Haliru Dantoro, Kitoro IV in New Bussa, Borgu Local Government area of the state.

The Governor stressed the need for caution and vigilance on the part of the royal fathers so as to help fish out questionable characters in the society.

“I call on all traditional rulers to be more interested in what happens in their communities. You remain security watchdogs in your domain and by extension the state. You must avoid any criminal connivance, as this is capable of ruining any leader,” the Governor advised royal fathers.

He commended the support he has been receiving from state council of traditional rulers and called on the new Emir to extend same.

The Governor also urged him to bring his wealth of experience to bear in positioning his Emirate for greatness.

The newly installed Emir of Borgu, Barrister Muhammed Sani Haliru Dantoro, Kitoro IV promised to be fair to all his subjects and called on them to come up with meaningful ideas on how to move the Emirate forward.

The royal father, whose late father was a former Senator during the botched 3rd republic, called on political leaders in the country to bury their differences for the development, progress and unity of the country.

The royal father, who was apparently referring to the crisis within the ruling party said, “Let all leaders of change bury their differences, work for the unity and for the progress of the country in the memory of my late father”.

President Muhammadu Buhari, a turbaned chief of the emirate was represented by the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello and Hon. Abu Bawa Bwari, Minister of State, Ministry of Solid Minerals.

Other attendees include, the Governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim and former military governor of the state, Colonel Lawan Gwadabe and Ambassador designate, Hon. Ahmed Ibeto

The ceremony was witnessed by many royal fathers from across the six geo-political zones with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahay Abubakar leading the pack.

AAU Convocation: Universities Advised To Ensure Sustainable Development

Ambrose Alli University,sustainable development, sustainable developmentAdministrators of tertiary institutions across Nigeria have been advised to seek ingenious ways of sustaining their development institutions in the face of the current economic challenges.

This emerged at the 20th convocation ceremony of the Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, in Edo state where the economic climate of the nation was assessed.

The University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ignatius Onimawo, said about 8,692 graduates on Saturday, bagged diplomas and first degrees, while also disclosing that 136 academic staff, 276 senior non-teaching staff and 443 junior staff had been promoted.

Chairman of Channels Media Group, John Momoh was also awarded an honourary doctorate of Business Administration, for his outstanding achievements in the broadcast industry in Africa.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole who was also present, stressed the need for Nigeria to re-order its priorities, such that the education system never fails.

The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar urged the graduates to always look around for a problem they could solve, assuring them that by so doing, “they would never be poor”.

Pro-Biafra Protest: Northern And Eastern Traditional Rulers Meet In Owerri

biafraRepresentatives of the Northern Council of Traditional Rulers and their south-east counterparts have met in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, to discuss the prolonged protests and agitations for the state of Biafra, among other issues confronting the nation.

While receiving the delegation at the Government House in Owerri, Governor Rochas Okorocha reiterated that Nigeria would remain united, no matter the challenges being faced at the moment.

He assured Nigerians that in no distant time, the agitation for the State of Biafra will be addressed accordingly.

The delegation was led by Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the coordinating committee, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, and the Emir of Gumi, Justice Lawal Aliyu Gumi, who is the co-coordinating committee Chairman of Northern States Council of Traditional Rulers.

The Emir of Lafia, Mustapha Agwai, Emir of Fika, Abali Mohammadu and Gwom Gwom Jos, Buba Gyang were also part of the team.

Mr Abubakar noted that the visit was at the instance of His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the Northern Council of Traditional Rulers, to discuss the agitation by pro-Biafra groups and also find out the truth about the rumour that there was crisis in the leadership of the South-east Council of Traditional Rulers.

He maintained that the protection of the nation’s unity should remain paramount in the minds of all Nigerians, irrespective of their differences.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the South-East council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Ebere Dick, who led other south east traditional rulers, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Eze Agunwa Ohiri, Chairman, Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers and Eze Agom Eze, Chairman, Ebonyi State Council of Traditional Rulers, said the meeting was a step towards the right direction, as it would help unite traditional institutions in Nigeria and beyond.

FG Releases N3bn To Victims Of 2011 Post-Election Violence In Kaduna

KadunaThe Federal Government has released the sum of N3bn for disbursement to victims of the 2011 post-election violence in Kaduna State.

Governor Mukhtar Yero made the disclosure on Saturday at the 40th anniversary of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, on the throne, held at the Emir’s palace, Zaria, Kaduna State.

Governor Yero, said the money which was already in the coffers of the state government will soon be disbursed to the affected victims accordingly.

He stressed the need for people to live in peace with one another to enable government at all levels to provide the dividend of democracy to the electorate.

The 40th coronation anniversary of Alhaji Shehu Idris, who ascended the throne of his forefathers in 1975 is marked with the traditional Durbar. The ceremony starts with the arrival of different traditional dance groups and district heads of the various ruling houses in the emirate.

Praise-singers and drummers herald the arrival of the emir of and other district heads. Riding on coloured horses, they made their way into the arena in company of their followers and different dance groups.

With the arrival of the special guest of honour, Vice President Namadi Sambo and the host Governor, Muhktar Yero, the occassion commenced.

Other dignitaries at the event include the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar and a host of other traditional rulers and politicians.

In its turbulent half-century of independence, Nigeria has experienced not only a brutal civil war, but also an unprecedented wave of insurgnency that has left thousands of people dead.

Throughout this period, one institution that has played an important stabilising role has been that of the traditional rulers of kingdoms large and small across the country.

While congratulating the emir for attaining 40 years on the throne, Governor Yero attributed the success recorded by the emirate to patience, fairness, justice and truthfulness.

He also advised all candidates and electorate not to see the forthcoming election as a do-or-die affair.

Former Minister of Defense, General Theophilus Danjuma in his good will message called for stronger collaboration between the political class and traditional rulers in the country towards improving the fallen standard of education in the country.

He noted that education of the youths will not only reduce the high level of illiteracy and unemployment in the country, but will also help in fighting insurgency, social injustice and other criminal activities across the country, adding that the education backwardness of the north is totally unacceptable and poses a threat to the corporate existence of the region and Nigeria as a whole.

Responding, the Emir of Zazzau who spoke in Hausa language, appreciated God for sparing his life to witness what he described as a “memorable and historic occasion”.

He admonished Nigerians to embrace one another and always preach peace to pave way for sustainable growth and development.

The occasion featured a colourful durbar by District Heads and other traditional title holders.