by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
The seemingly sharply display of contrasting policies, actions, attitudes and body language by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state on the death of two 1st-class monarchs has been described as a total show and unapologetic disrespect and disdain for the traditional rulers and people of Southern Kaduna.
The Adara Development Association (ADA) made this assertion in a statement signed by its president, Awemi Dio Maisamari, saying, the emir’s death has finally unmasked Governor El-Rufai’s apartheid and segregationist system in Kaduna State beyond any reasonable doubt.
The Adara people, in the statement made, while commiserating with the Zazzau Emirate Council, the entire Zazzau people and the government of Kaduna state on the demise of His Royal Highness, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, said as a mark of well deserved honour to the late 1st-class Emi, who died naturally, three days’ mourning period and a public holiday were declared by the governor, but regretted that, in the case of the recent death of Adara chief, similar attitude was not accorded to him.
“We sympathize with the Zazzau people most deeply because the loss of this revered Royal Father has brought back the sad memories and deep sorrow of the abduction and gruesome murder of our revered 1st-class Royal Father, Dr. Raphael Maiwada Galadima (JP) of blessed memory.”
Also, according to the statement, in a matter of a few days, arrangements are in top gear to peacefully appoint a successor to the throne, based on established Zazzau customs and traditions.
“On the other hand, the 1st-class monarch of Adara Chiefdom was abducted like a commoner and eventually assassinated in very humiliating and suspicious circumstances, and yet the governor did not consider his tragic demise deserving of any extraordinary action, special honour, press statements, tributes or even ceremonial calls for public mourning by the state government.
“This was again followed by the greatest mark of dishonour and treachery to our monarch and Adara people as a whole. Our people were shocked to learn that Adara Chiefdom and Adara Traditional Council had been secretly scrapped by the governor five months earlier,” it further lamented.
The statement added that “The unacceptable scrapping of Adara Chiefdom and the creation of Kajuru Emirate on Adaraland were made known a few days after the murder of our Royal Father.”
Furthermore, it noted that even the investigation and prosecution of the masterminds and executors of the crime are not being given publicity, importance and urgency they deserve.
“For several years now, Adara community in particular and the natives of Southern Kaduna in general have been crying out against the injustice of El-Rufai’s government.
“The ubiquitous injustice is reflected in political domination, unfriendly policies, skewed appointments and project execution, selective justice and judicial bullying, economic deprivation and impoverishment, mal-administration and official high handedness, condonment of targeted insecurity, educational exclusion, cultural suppression, religious discrimination and moral double standards,” it said.
Adara Development Association, in the statement is, therefore, appealing to the governor to rethink his principles and policies in the interest of sustainable social harmony, genuine peace and equitable development of the state.