Inuwa Yahaya suspends selection process for new Mai Tangle
Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has suspended all procedures leading to the election of a new traditional ruler, Chief Tangale, until peace is fully restored to a troubled area that has seen days of violent protests.
Governor Inuwa Yahai announced the decision on state air shortly after returning from Billiri, where he went to investigate the extent of the damage caused by the violence.
The Governor, on behalf of the Gombe State Government, expressed condolences and condolences to the families of those who lost their lives or property as a result of the unfortunate accident.
He assured the population of the state that, in accordance with his oath, he would do everything in his power to protect the life and property of citizens.
“We are a people known for our beloved peace and stability. Violence, sectarianism and extremism have no place in our culture and traditions, those conflicting traffickers who seek to capitalize on this violence by betting brothers on brothers, families on families and communities on communities will soon be forced to face the full wrath of the law. ”
He recalled that after the death of His Royal Highness the late Abdu Buba Meisheru II and in accordance with the established laws and traditions, his administration initiated the process of selecting a new Mai.
The process was transparent and free of any interference, he said, resulting in the handover of three (3) candidates recommended by the traditional creator kings of Tangale, among whom his administration will select whoever will fill the vacant Mai Tangle chair, as required by law. …
“As Governor, I approached the Mai Tangale succession process with a great sense of responsibility, because as part of the cultural tradition of Gombe State, any decision I make will have far-reaching consequences not only for Tangale’s government, but for the entire state. Gombe “.
That is why the governor said his administration must conduct extensive consultations, background checks and personal reflection to arrive at a solution that is in the best interests of the people and the state.
“Let it be clear that it is in my power as governor to appoint one of the three recommended candidates to become the new Mai club. It should also be clear that none of the candidates were officially announced before, during and after the outbreak of violence in the Billiri metropolitan area. ”
He said the violence was orchestrated by some non-patriotic people who thought they could blackmail the government into announcing their favorite candidate.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya also made it clear that his administration will never be blackmailed, threatened, intimidated or witch-hunted by any person or group, no matter how high-ranking.
He said, “The people of Gombe State have a history of peaceful coexistence and relationships between our various tribes and religions.”
This relationship, according to the governor, should not suffer from the selfish interests of some aggressive minorities who are trying to turn the inheritance process into a religious context.
“The Battle of Succession is a Tangale State affair with Gombe, and all three recommended candidates are highly qualified Tangale princes by virtue of their royal lineage prior to the Mai Tangale chair.”
He said that in accordance with history and in accordance with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, religion is not a criterion when choosing a new Mai Tangale or any government official for that matter.
The governor said the outbreak of violence in Billiri LGA left his administration no choice but to impose a 24-hour curfew to further stem the spread of violence, loss of life and property destruction.
“To this end, the government rejects any decision on the new Mai Tangale until normal life returns to the affected communities.”
The governor noted with dismay the dangerous campaign of incitement and polarization waged by some unscrupulous elements on social media, saying the government will actively play its role in protecting innocent citizens and fighting crime and violence throughout Gombe State.
He called on traditional, religious and opinion leaders to prevail over their people, speaking of the need to remain calm, peaceful and law-abiding.
He also called on the media to refrain from spreading false news and other controversial and controversial material, adding that the government, in cooperation with the relevant security services, has taken adequate measures to ensure that the lives and property of all persons they live in Gombe State are protected. … …
“Our beloved, peace and stability in Gombe State is greater than the selfish interests or ambitions of any person or group.”
Governor Inuwa Yahaya took the opportunity to thank the kind people of Gombe State and friends around the world for their continued support and prayers, especially during these difficult times.
He said his administration will continue to implement its genuine program for the development of people in all spheres of economic and social activity.
“We will not be blackmailed and distracted from our noble path of maintaining peace, promoting friendly coexistence and distributing democratic dividends among all our people.”
He said that the challenge of promoting peace and development in Gombe State is a collective responsibility, and all men and women of goodwill must unite to advance it.
Ismaila Uba Misilli