By Usman Shuaibu
On the 27th of December, 2014, the people of Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), gathered at the Pilot science primary school in the community to celebrate Gomo of Kuje (Second Class Chief), Alhaji Haruna Tanko Jibrin over his national award bagged recently,
In demonstration of their excitement over the recognition of Gomo of Kuje by the President, the people thronged the arena in their thousands to honour their own.
It was indeed a special celebration of the national award of Member of Federal Republic (MFR) bestowed on their highly reverend Chief, by the president Goodluck Jonathan on the 29th of September, 2014.
Also, the colourful occasion was attended by important government dignitaries within and outside the Federal Capital Territory.
Gomo is one of the representatives of Gade people in the FCT, which is believed to be one of the major tribes after the popular Gbagyi people in the Territory.
While thanking President Jonathan for the honour done to him, the Gomo of Kuje made a clarion call on the residents to continue to live in peace.
According to the second class chief, he will continue to support and cooperate with the government of the day at all levels for the overall development of Kuje and the FCT at large.
However, addressing the district heads/ village heads in his palace, the Gomo appealed to them to shun any act capable of generating tension at their respective communities.
He therefore urged the traditional rulers to mobilize their subjects toward the 2015 general elections.
On his part, the chairman of the occasion, Dr. Adamu Jatau Noma, who is also the director of the FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), said the national award conferred on Gomo of Kuje was a step in the right direction.
Noma described Gomo of Kuje as a peace-loving chief who accommodates every tribe across the various Kuje communities.
He pointed out that Gomo as one of the representatives of Gade people in the FCT, deserves all the honours in the world for exemplary leadership.
He noted that Gade is one of the major tribes after the popular Gbagyi people, which everybody knows in the territory.
He therefore urged the second class chief to continue to do good things for the people of Kuje, so as to earn him more awards in the nearby future.
The Director, however, commended the federal government for the honour done to Gomo of kuje, while calling on the president Jonathan to extend the national honour to other philanthropic organizations as well as civil servants who are credible people in Kuje.
Also speaking, the chairman of Kuje Area Council, Hon. Ishaku Shaban Tete, who is the chief host of the occasion, expressed joy that the people of Kuje were happy over the recognition of Gomo by the President.
He further said that President Jonathan has no regret conferring the national honour on the Gomo of kuje, as the second class chief is always geared up towards sustaining peace in Kuje and its environs.
Similarly, the Chairman appealed to president Jonathan to deem it necessary to honour those who have been contributing their quota towards the development and progress of the FCT and Nigeria as a whole.
According to him, it was high time that more noble people should be awarded for their performance.
The chairman said that the administration of Kuje area council would continue to join hands with the Gomo to protect the lives and property of residents in the area.
Not left out, the senator representing the FCT in the National Assembly, Philip Tanimu Aduda, congratulated the Gomo for being recognized as one of the members of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by Mr. President.
Aduda also urged Gomo to continue to pursue peace for the sake of the residents as Kuje was known to be centre of peace in the Territory.
The Senator therefore, assured that the he along with President Jonathan will continue to place emphasis on the security of the FCT residents at all time.
Furthermore, in his goodwill message, the former chairman of Kuje Area Council, Hon. Danladi Etsu Zhin, who is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer for the House of the Representatives for Abuja south constituency, in the forthcoming 2015 general elections, lauded the Gomo for his outstanding contributions in Kuje area council.
He said that he was surprised when he (Gomo of Kuje) was awarded with the national honour.
Interestingly, aside the national award, it is imperative to note that the Gomo of kuje had received various meritorious awards from the different organizations which include; Afro- Accent International Media Organization Northern Students Congress of the 19 Northern States in Nigeria, Governance Voice African conjunction with Centre for Role Model in Africa and Saint Kizitors Catholic church of Abuja Archdiocese and among others.