…Gov refuses to recognise newly created Emirate in place of Adara Chiefdom
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
After a lengthy session, prominent sons and daughters of Adara community in Kaduna state and Nigeria, who converged in Kachia for an emergency meeting recently, spoke to the Press on the fate of Adara ethnic people under the present government of Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state.
The Adara people insisted that Kaduna state government cannot be absolved from complicity in the kidnap and murder of Agom Adara, late Dr. Raphael Maiwada Galadima, who was killed on the 26th October, 2018, six days after he was kidnapped alongside others. His convoy had been forced to a stop and his four guards shot dead about 30km to Kachia, two days after a violent clash, which ensued between Adara natives and Hausa/Fulani residents of Kasuwan Magani in Adaraland, in which the casualties was officially put at over 22.
The Adara ethnic nationality also rejected in totality the abolition of its Chiefdom and vowed not to recognise or pay allegiance to a newly created ‘Kachia Chiefdom’ and ‘Kajuru Emirate’ under which they are now officially subsumed.
The Adara people, who are mainly Christians and are found in Kachia and Kajuru Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Southern part of Kaduna state, pointed out that Kajuru ward, which has a majority Hausa/Fulani Muslim population, is only 5% of entire Kajuru LGA’s population of other 10 Adara wards. Kajuru LGA has 11 wards.
After the meeting, national president of Adara Development Association (ADA), Mr Awemi Dio Maisamari, while fielding questions from newsmen on rumoured involvement of Kaduna state government on the murder of their traditional leader, said: “If you follow the events and circumstances that led to his kidnap and murder and, subsequent negative development that happened soon after his burial, any normal thinking human being will have no choice than conclude that Kaduna state government cannot be absolved from complicity in his death,” he said.
“We know of certain communications between our late leader and Kaduna state in which it wanted him to do certain things, but after consultations with the ADA, his responses to government did not always go the way government wanted it,” he replied, after he had read the communiqué.
The preamble to the communiqué reads: “The emergency National Congress Meeting of Adara Development Association was held on 1st December, 2018, at Adara Town Hall, Kachia. During the meeting, the National President, Mr. Awemi Dio Maisamari, read out the letter and gazette of the Kaduna state Government, which abolished the Adara Chiefdom and subordinated the people to a new ‘Kachia Chiefdom’ and ‘Kajuru Emirate.’
“After that, the President led the Congress to discuss the position of Adara nation on Governor El-Rufa’is escalating war on ethnic minorities in Kaduna state. Members of the Congress expressed bitterness on the ways in which Adara nation in particular and other ethnic nationalities are going through their worse experiences of their lives.
In the Communiqué proper, the ADA posited that:
“The challenges, incidents and tragedies presently confronting Adara Chiefdom are the greatest ever threat to the survival and wellbeing of the Adara nation. Notable among them are the aggressive official promotion of the Ladduga Grazing Reserve, frequent externally-induced criminality, disdain for the will of our people on matters that affect them, four horrendous and brutal attacks on our people, the assassination of our paramount ruler and the abrogation of Adara Chiefdom. An objective and comprehensive contextual review of the situation seems unavoidably to point to government culpability.
“It is now clear to us that Adara nation in general has been earmarked for total subjugation and Adara Chiefdom and culture for outright extinction. This seems to be the most logical explanation in our situation.
“ ‘Zazzau Emirate,’ being almost half of Kaduna state, has been left intact with its cultural and religious nomenclatures. Also several smaller Chiefdoms and Emirates have similarly been allowed either intact or with minor changes. But Adara Chiefdom being the second largest in the state, has been outrightly abolished. Its people have been balkanized and forcefully subordinated in the new Kachia Chiefdom and Kajuru Emirate.
“This was done to create the circumstances where the identity, culture and wellbeing of our people will be permanently suppressed, overshadowed and ultimately destroyed. And this is being done to us after withdrawing our long-held title of being the most peaceful and accommodating Chiefdom just because we have been unsuccessfully attempting to defend ourselves from criminals, aggressors and murderers. This is the greatest injustice to our people,” they stated.
The ADA said that the Adara nation has decided to totally and unequivocally oppose, resist and reject all the policies, laws, plans, processes, programmes, decisions and activities that will directly and or indirectly destroy its Chiefdom, identity, culture and wellbeing.
The Congress of the ADA also went on to say that it may not have the political and economic muscle to fight cause of the Adara nation, but that it was strengthened by the justness of its cause, the support of all people of goodwill and, above all, the merciful and powerful force of divine providence.
“We shall, therefore, use all available civil, democratic and legal means to fight our cause to the best of our ability and as long as necessary,” it posited.
To properly and effectively address the challenges that have and may arise, the ADA announced, the Adara nation shall proceed as follows:
“The Adara community wishes to declare its total loyalty and support to Adara Traditional Council and Adara Chiefdom under the able leadership of the Vice Chairman of the Council/Wazirin Adara, Engr Bawa Magaji.
“The community totally supports the on-going efforts of the Traditional Council to engage and dialogue with government for the amicable resolution of all problems facing Adara nation.
“The Association is also standing by to participate or contribute in anyway necessary to ensure the speedy and just resolution of all issues of concern to our people.
“Our people will not in any way recognize nor subject themselves to ‘Kachia Chiefdom’ and ‘Kajuru Emirate’. Any other lines of action in respect to the status of our highly cherished Adara Chiefdom will be decided, depending on the progress or otherwise of the engagement with government.
“Our community has suffered serious casualties and humiliation due to over-reliance on state security personnel. Our people have reaffirmed an earlier decision to make the community vigilance watch structure more effective.
“Secondly, the community has firmly resolved to ensure better self-defense to protect lives and property in the community in the event of any further attacks.
“Thirdly, it is agreed that in the event of any future case of kidnapping, the community shall use self-help to ensure immediate rescue of victims at any cost.
“Adara community is, today, suffering unspeakable hardships because of its poor economic and political base. Recent crises have left many families in dare need of assistance for food, shelter, medical treatment, police and court cases, children’s education and self-employment.
“The community has reaffirmed its previous decisions to more vigorously embark on community contributions for self-reliance and collective decision making during all elections and other major issues,” it stated.