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Published On: Wed, Nov 1st, 2017

Bwari Chiefdom: Youth chide Bello over alleged bias

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Hundreds of youth from the Bwari area council of the FCT, under the aegis of Bwari Youth Development Union, has accused the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, of promoting disunity among people of Bwari with the appointment of a parallel paramount ruler outside the existing traditional stool of Etsu of Bwari.
In particular, the aggrieved Youth, who in their hundreds stormed the FCT Minister’s main gate in Area 11, on Monday, maintained that the Minister’s action was tantamount to instigating crisis and wanton destruction of property and lives in the area.
It could be recall that the Minister of FCT, recently approved the appointment of Alhaji Awwal Musa Ijakoro, to succeed his late father, Alhaji Mohammed Musa Ijakoro, who died on August, 29, 2017.
However, the aggrieved Youth urged the FCT Minister to retrace his footsteps or be ready to take the blame for whatever happens to the peaceful existing coexistence of Abuja.
The leader of the Youth group, Comrade Awoyi John explained that the process in the selection of who becomes paramount ruler in Bwari was distorted during General Sani Abacha’s regime who appointed a parallel leader in the community.
According to him, “the Bwari throne was founded in the 20th centuries and the Etsu of Bwari, has been the custodian the traditional stool of the place.
“The sudden change in the appointment of another traditional ruler is actually threatening the peaceful coexistence of the people because the mistake that was made during Abacha period, is now telling on the people.”
Comrade Awoyi, further revealed that after several letters of protest submitted at the minister’s office and there was no reply.
“The minister did not consult anybody and neither did he consult the kingmakers before appointing Alhaji Awwal.
“We now live under security surveillance with armoured tankers and fully armed police men all over the world, Bwari is the only community with two paramount rulers at the same time.
“We thought that when this government came into power, that things are going to change but they have demonstrated that they have failed,” he stressed.
Furthermore, the Bwari Youth leader warned that the protest from the people would not go down despite all security threat.
He insisted that even though the people do not have the military might to confront the government, but they still have their voice to talk.
“We have one Etsu day but two traditional leadership, now who is to lead the people, maybe they should also regard us as ethnic Nigerians.
“As the Igbos are from the south east, so also we are from Abuja. So please help us tell the minister to retrace his footsteps or whatever happens to the peaceful coexistence of Abuja, that the Minister would have himself to blame.
Meanwhile, responding to the protesting Bwari youths, the Secretary, FCT Area Council Secretariat, Alhaji Adamu Abubakar Bappah, said he will do everything possible to detail the minister, who was unavoidably absent during the protest.
He however promised that his office, would as matter of urgency get back to the community for quick dispensation of justice and restoration of peace and order in the area.
The FCT Minister had last week approved the appointment of Alhaji Awwal Musa Ijakoro as the new Sarkin Bwari in Bwari Area Council of the Territory.
The Administration explained that appointment of the new Sarkin Bwari was done pursuant to the powers conferred on the Honourable Minister under the relevant sections of the FCT Chiefs (Appointment & Deposition) Act, 1997 and in accordance with established customs and traditions of the Bwari Chiefdom.
It further stressed that the nomination of Alhaji Awwal Musa Ijakoro was accordingly endorsed by the Bwari kingmakers.

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