by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
ADAMAWA STATE – Sons and daughters of Bachama Kingdom, in Adamawa state, at home and in the Diaspora, neighbors and well-wishers of the Bwatiye race have been called to come out en masse to grace the coronation and presentation of the official Staff of Office of “Hama Bachama” to the deserved dignitary.
Chairman of the Main Organizing Committee, Chief Joel H. Madaki
(Nzo Murokako Bachama), made the call on Thursday, while briefing newsmen in Yola, when noted that, “The Bachama Kingdom is not a small Kingdom; therefore, the selection process had to be painstakingly done to come up with the most preferred candidate as Hama Bachama.”
Chief Madaki explained that, “During the occasion, we should not be oblivious of the fact that we have entered the second wave of Covid-19, and it is real.” He, therefore, pleaded with all and sundry to observe the Covid-19 protocols, especially as regards to the use of face-makes and social distancing during the occasion.
“The Bwatiye race has rich cultural heritage, and the coronation ceremony calls for its display to the admiration of our teeming visitors.
“It is upon this premise, therefore, that I call upon all District Heads and Title-holders of the Bachama Traditional Council, sons and daughters of Bwatiye race to come out well dressed in their Bwatiye Traditional outfit,” he stressed.
The committee chairman explained, thus: “The Bwatiye race is known for their peace and hospitality. This occasion is an opportunity to change the negative narrative bestowed on our people by those, who view us from a different perspective.
“We, as a people, should maintain peace and order during and after the occasion as well as extend our hands of fellowship to our visitors,” he noted.
He also commended the tenacity with which the Main Organizing Committee and the sub-committees are carrying out their assigned responsibilities, and reminded them to realize that appointment into membership of the Committees was based on past track records and integrity.
“Therefore, as the tempo of the coronation ceremony is high, let us work assiduously and diligently to ensure the success of the occasion,” he said, while calling on all and sundry to come and witness the historic coronation and presentation of the official Staff of Office to the 29th Hama Bachama, His Royal Majesty Homun Dr. Daniel Shaga Ismaila, OON, Kpwo Nomwe, Gilongo Diya and the rich Bwaitye culture.
In a vote-of-thanks, the committee chairman expressed his appreciation, saying, “With the approval of Governor Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for setting aside Wednesday, December 23, 2020, as the day for the coronation and presentation of the official Staff of Office, the Main Organizing Committee appreciates the governor for fulfilling his promise of giving approval to the selection of Hama Bachama by the king makers and coronation/presentation of official Staff of Office without delay.
“We equally appreciate friends and well-wishers of Bachama Kingdom whose thoughts and prayers were with us as the selection process lasted,” he stated.