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STILL ON AWARD OF CHIEFTAINCY TITLE TO FANI KAYODE, NA’ALLAH ZAGGA REFLECTED

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The Emir of Shinkafi in Zamfara State would have avoided the current firestorm of public anger if he had reflected carefully on his decision to confer a traditional title on the controversial former Aviation Minister Femi Fani kayode. The Emir didn’t think through his decision to confer such a title on such a controversial political figure like Fani kayode. Now he is reaping the consequence of hasty decision.


Traditional titles shouldn’t just be given because of close personal relationships. So, the Emir should respect the sensibilities of those he represents. Let us be upfront about the issue here. The people of Shinkafi are not opposing Fani kayode because he is a Yoruba man or an outsider. He is being opposed because of his own character and notorious lack of refinement or respect for others. 

Traditional titles can be given to anybody from anywhere because of their contributions. The late Emir of Kano Ado Bayero honoured the late Yoruba musician Shikiru Ayende Barrister for his contributions to culture. Northern Emirs have also honoured the late Abiola with various traditional titles for his contributions to humanity through his philanthropic activities. The people didn’t oppose their Emirs because those honoured deserved it. 


In the case Fani kayode however there are valid reasons for the opposition that greeted his conferment with a traditional title. Fani kayode has earned a notorious reputation for insulting the Hausa/Fulani people, always describing them in the vilest and most hateful language without provocation. He collectively holds every Hausa/Fulani people responsible for the crimes committed by Boko Haram and bandits. As far as he is concerned, there are no innocent people among this group of Nigerians in the North. He freely and frequently calls them the most backward people. He courts the headlines for insulting the Hausa/Fulani people. Fani kayode thrives on hate speech and the Hausa/Fulani people are his softest targets. 
Therefore, the people of Shinkafi are telling their Emir that you can’t reward someone who has viciously insulted and disrespected us with a traditional title. Do you reward a boor with garlands? And do you expect the people who have been repeatedly and publicly denigrated by the former Aviation Minister to turn the other cheek? I believe in conferring traditional titles to outsiders as a means of promoting national unity and national integration. But giving titles to politicians like Fani kayode that feed on hate speech for cheap publicity is unwise. Let him realise that there is a price to pay for incivility. It’s even ridiculous to imagine that Fani kayode would take a traditional title from people for whom he has the lowest contempt.

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AHEAD OF THE APC PRIMARIES, ZAMFARA FMR. FED. LAWMAKER MEETS PARTY DELEGATES.

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The former lawmaker who represented Maru and Bungudu Federal constituency Abdulmalik Zubairu Zannan Bungudu has met with party stakeholders from his constituency in his bid to woe their support ahead of the forthcoming APC primaries.

Zannan Bungudu is re-contesting for the same post of member representing Maru/Bungudu at the federal house of reps under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress.

His bid to contest the post followed the recent reconciliation effort between the serving Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle and the former Governor Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar.

The meeting which took place at the conference hall of City King Hotel Gusau on Wednesday was attended by the APC Chairmen for Maru and Bungud and all the delegates from the two local government areas.

During the interface, vital issues regarding the progress of the APC, Bello Matawalle and all the party aspirants were discussed.

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APC COMMITTEE SCREENS (28) LAWMAKERS IN ZAMFARA

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The APC screening committee sent to Zamfara State has screened (28) aspirants who are going to contest for the posts of members of Zamfara State House of Assembly.

The seven-man committee led by Hon. Babangida Tijjani Banki from Borno State assured that justice would be done to all the aspirants screened.

With the screening of the 28 aspirants, four constituencies may likely go into the primary election if consensus has not been reached between the candidates.

The state House of Assembly has the vacancy of only (24) members representing the (14) local government councils.

The remaining members of the committee include Hon Wakili Aliyu, Hon Abubakar Yarima, Faruk Ibrahim Tsiga, Hon Abdullahi Musa, Hon Adamu Ibrahim and Hajiya Fadima Ibrahim who is to serve as committee Secretary.

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GOV. BELLO MATAWALLE NAMES NEW EMIRS

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Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has approved the appointment of Alh Muh’d Bello Suleiman as the new Sarkin Zamfaran Zurmi (Emir of Zurmi).

He has also appointed Alh Aliyu Garba Marafa as the new Emir of Birnin Yan doto while Alh Muhd Aliyu was appointed as the new Sarkin Bazai.

The two emirs of Bazai and Birnin Yandoto were appointed following the signing into law the amended Zamfara Emirate Council Act 2022 which led to the creation of the two additional emirate councils of Yandoto and Bazai.

As for the new Emir of Zurmi he was appointed following the dethronement of the former Emir Atiku Abubakar by the current administration of Bello Matawalle

According to the statement signed by the Secretary to the state government Kabiru Balarabe, the Governor also approved the appointment of Alh Habib Lawal Habib khalifa as the new Bunun Tsafe the Senior District Head of Tsafe.

Both appointments take immediate effect.

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