Aliyu Presents Staff of Office To Sarkin Bwari

By: Wisdom Acka

Alhaji Awwal Musa Ijakoro II, has been presented a staff of office, having been crowned by kingmakers as the Sarkin Bwari, FCT.

The young royal father, who succeeded his late father, Musa Ijakoro was handed the staff office by the FCT Minister of State, Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu in Bwari over the weekend.

The Minister of State revealed that the crowned Sarkin Bwari was the 5th Sarki, who emerged following the demise of his father on the 25th of August 2017, after a long and successful 41-year reign.

Aliyu recalled that, in the collective resolve and respect for traditional institution, the FCT Administration conveyed a letter of appointment to Alhaji Awwal Musa Ijakoro II, as a 2nd Class traditional ruler and the 5th Sarkin Bwari, in October 2017.  

According to her, “Today’s ceremony is to formally present the staff of office to him in continuation of the legacies of his forebears, in the hope that he will provide good leadership, respect constituted authorities and promote harmonious relationships and respect for all tribes and inhabitants of Bwari community and its environs”.

The Minister used the occasion to remind graded chiefs and district heads that traditional rulers in both pre-colonial and post-colonial eras contributed immensely to the formation, extension, greatness, and promotion of good relationships among different kingdoms and empires across Nigeria.

In her words: “The traditional institutions did make possible, great cohesion and sustained the development of political institutions that governed hitherto diverse peoples”.

“I want to state unequivocally that with respect to social control, peace and conflict management, there is a strong body of evidence that traditional rulers, though of varied cultures and backgrounds, remain strikingly relevant in our society,” she said. 

“I, therefore, recommend continued involvement of our traditional institutions in nation-building efforts in ways that would create conditions for more effective and efficient peace building, peace-making and conflict prevention initiatives in Nigeria,” the Minister of state restated.

While lamenting that the roles of traditional rulers would not be possible without constitutionally acknowledging their relevance, she, therefore, called on the three tiers of government to pass legislations that recognise the country’s traditional rulers as stakeholders and instruments of conflict management and peace building.

Aliyu reiterated that the staff of office was not just a symbol of authority, but also as an instrument to promote peace building and conflict management, especially in the face of increasing insecurity in various parts of the country.

The Minister of State warned that the FCT Administration will not spare any traditional ruler that fails to live up to this expectation, and aids and abets criminality in his domain.

Her words: “It is not in our character, no matter the level of enticement, to betray the trust bestowed on us. As traditional rulers and the custodians of our traditions, this obligation is even more fundamental.”

“Indeed, any betrayal of public trust shall stand condemned and will not be acceptable in the seat of Government where President Muhammadu Buhari is the Governor General,” she further warned.

In his remarks, Secretary, Area Council Services Secretariat, Hon. Ibrahim Abubakar Dantsoho, described the event as significant in the history of Bwari Chiefdom, while charging the new Sarkin Bwari on safety and security of his domain.

He also charged him to work with other traditional rulers in the Territory, even as he commended the kingmakers of Bwari Chiefdom and the chairman of Bwari Area Council for the peaceful selection process leading to today’s event. 

The occasion was graced by the Sultan of Sokoto, HRM. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, who was represented by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Chairman FCT Council of Chiefs and Ona of Abaji, HRM. Adamu Baba Yunusa, and other first class traditional rulers from within and neighbouring states. 

Meanwhile, wives of governors of Kebbi, Yobe, and Zamfara State were also present.