Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has enjoined Traditional rulers in Nigeria to remain non partisan before, during and after the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
While making this call at the official coronation and presentation of staff of office to the 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora Alhaji Muhammadu Barau Muazu 11 in Kontagora, Governor Sani Bello urged them to be role models and custodian of cultural heritage Nigerians look up to.
Accordingly, he charged traditional leaders to ensure that Nigerians conduct themselves peacefully towards achieving a violent free general elections in the country.
He said “Niger state government will continue to engage traditional institutions in governance process especially at the grass root level to enhance rapid development of the state and Nigeria.
“But, I enjoin you (traditional leaders to be non partisan especially this period. Either before, during or after the elections. Just ensure you remain role models and custodians of our cultural heritages”.
He further congratulated the people of Kontagora for having an Emir who emerged through a transparent process that has further broaden the legitimacy and integrity of traditional institutions in the state.
The Sultan of Sokoto and President General Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar advised the new Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora to be just and fair to his subjects in addition to operating an open door policy that will give his subjects a sense of belonging.
In his acceptance speech the 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, Alhaji Muhammadu Muazu Barau II appreciated Governor Abubakar Sani Bello for his support towards the success of the event and promised to stand by his subjects.
The oath of office and allegiance was administered to the Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora by the Chief Judge of Niger state Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik.
All the first class Emirs in Niger state under the leadership of its Chairman Council of Chiefs the Etsu Nupe Dr Yahaya Abubakar were in attendance while over fifty Emir’s from across the country attended the coronation and presentation of staff of office in Kontagora.
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