Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has said while recognising the cultural background to the emergence of many of chiefdoms in the state, his administration is implementing a policy that anchors the authority of a traditional ruler to territory, not tribe.
The governor who presented first-class staff of office to Esu Chikun, His Royal Highness, Dr. Danjuma Barde, called on residents to live in peace with one another.
Speaking at Esu Chikun Palace, Kakau, Kaduna, Governor El-Rufai, explained that the elevation of the chief was done to recognise his contributions to the advancement of peace in the state.
El-rufai, stressed that traditional rulers have a vital role to play in encouraging and nudging communities towards tolerance and cooperation for a common purpose.
He added that his administration is involving the traditional institution in driving development in the state.
The governor while calling on the residents who live or work within the chiefdom to support and encourage the Esu Chikun,said the Kaduna State Government has taken steps to enhance the prestige and authority of the traditional institution.
The governor said :”That way our royal fathers can more easily command the allegiance of every person and community within their territory, rather than just the people with whom the ruler shares a common ethnicity. This is the 21st Century, and our traditional institutions should be assisted to flexibly adapt to the reality of increasingly diverse communities”
” In terms of welfare, we have provided brand new cars for our 22 Third-Class and Second-Class chiefs to address the transportation difficulties they face in discharging their responsibilities. We will soon extend the same to our First-Class chiefs. We are also renovating some palaces.
“All our emirates and chiefdoms were consulted on this matter, and in arriving at the new designations of chiefdoms to reflect this policy. Unfortunately, some bigots have seized upon this as an opportunity to peddle their divisive baggage, including vile lies about the circumstances of the unfortunate demise of His Royal Highness, Dr. Maiwada Galadima” El-Rufai said.
In his speech, the new Esu of Chikun, His Royal Highness, Dr.Danjuma Barde, dedicated the honour to Gbagyi ancestral fathers, saying they will compliment by sustaining peace.
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