by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
Governor Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that traditional rulers are key in the sustenance of peace and tranquility in every society, considering their closeness to the people in the society.
According to him, because of this reality, the state government has resolved to reposition the institution towards better service delivery.
The governor gave the challenge in his remarks at the presentation of Third-class Staff of Office to the Agwam ZIKPAK II, Dr Kantiyok Josiah Tagwai, which held at the new Kafanchan Township Stadium.
The governor tasked the newly-installed Agwam Zikpak II to use his office in uniting the people, irrespective of their differences.
He condoled the people of Zikpak Chiefdom over the unfortunate incidence of attack, which led to the loss of lives and property sometimes in July this year, and assured of the state government’s commitment to restore and sustain a peaceful society across the state.
Earlier, the State Commissioner, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Jaafaru Ibrahim Sani, explained that the decision of the State Government to change the nomenclature of traditional institutions in the state was to give everyone a sense of belonging without changing the history and traditions of the people and the land.
In a message, the Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Hajiya Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, appealed to the people of Zikpak to support their chief by being law abiding citizens.
In his acceptance speech, the Agwam Zikpak II, Dr. Kantiyok Josiah Tagwai, thanked the governor for finding him worthy to serve his people and pledged to carry everyone along in the discharge of his responsibilities.
He solicited the support and prayers from his people to move the chiefdom forward, better than where it is today.
On the attack on Zikpak Community sometimes in July this year, the Chief said the community has forgiven the attackers and handed them over to Almighty God, who alone can change them for the better.
Also speaking, the Council Chairman of Jema’a Local Government, Mr. Peter Danjuma Averik, thanked the governor for personally gracing the occasion, and appealed to the people to continue to be law abiding and pursue peace at all times for rapid socio-economic growth of the land.