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Published On: Mon, Oct 20th, 2014

Kaduna: Gbagyi community reaffirms support for Gurara state

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The Gbagyi community of Kaduna state has begged to be left out of the present controversy trailing the proposed creation of Gurara State from the present Kaduna state, because its stand in support of the Gurara State cannot be altered.

A member of Jere Traditional Council in, Malam Philibus Tukura made the assertion yesterday in Kaduna, while speaking to the media.

According to Malam Philibus, the Gbagyi ethnic group supports the creation of Gurara state out of present Kaduna state for peace and accelerated development, adding that those kicking against the proposed Gurara state are contradicting the position of their chief, Dr. Usman Sa’ad who is a signatory of the memo requesting creation of the state that was recently named among 18 recommended states by the national conference.

Tukura who is district head of Gujeni and chairman of all district heads in the chiefdom, said during a press conference along with David Joshua, the Magayakin Jere in Kaduna that, “For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to make clarifications regarding this sensitive issue; we have heard one person who has been going round on our behalf, that we are against Gurara state and will either prefer to be with the rest of Kaduna state or merge with Federal Capital Territory.

“It is not true, but false; we are part and parcel of the agitation for the creation of Gurara state for peace and accelerated development. Our chief, Dr. Sa’ad Usman is a signatory to the memo seeking Gurara state; and his wife, Mrs. Esther Usman is our senator and she is committed and doing same.

“And so any move by anybody who is not a member of our council or a leader to make such a statement is not good and really trying to bring confusion in our area. We are Southern Kaduna people and seeking for peace and development and we are with what our people want.”


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