by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Chairman of Plateau State Council of Chiefs, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, has charged king makers to be just and truthful in the selection process of next Ujah Anaguta.
He said the traditional class will continue supporting government policies and programmes. He was speaking during the funeral service of the late Ujah Anaguta, His Royal Highness Pozoh Jauro Magaji, at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium on Tuesday.
The late Ujah Anaguta has finally been laid to rest in his home town, Nabor District of Jos North local government area of Plateau State.
The Paramount Ruler joined his ancestors on Saturday, 27th March, 2021, at the age of 72, having spent 43 years on the throne, and was the first to ascend to the throne as Acting District Head from ‘Anagalan family of Nabor Chiefdom,’ in 1978, before he rose to second-class in 2002 and elevated to first-class by Governor Simon Lalong in 2020.
Speaking also at the Funeral Service, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State described the late monarch as “lover of all, and man of peace.” Following insinuations by various sections of the society that government mostly interfere on the selection process of traditional stool, the governor said such act is not under his jurisdiction.
According to him, since his assumption into office, he has not interfered in the selection of any traditional ruler, and urged them to allow free and fair selection of next Ujah Anaguta, because “when there is fairness and justice, peace will prevail.”
The governor maintained that, he has a duty under the law to remove any traditional ruler, who fails to perform his duties or goes about instigating ethnic, religious, political and other forms of discriminations.
The ECWA President, Rev. Dr. Stephen Panya Baba, along with widow of the late monarch, commended the governor for his determination towards ensuring unity, progress and equity for all ethnic groups, particularly the Anaguta nation, which he upgraded to first-class chieftaincy status.
However, national president of Anaguta Development Association (ADA) appreciates Governor Lalong for considering Anaguta sons and daughters in his administration.
The Management Committee Chairman of Jos North Local Government Council, Shehu Bala Usman, also appreciated the support and prayers of the government and people of the state during and after the funeral of the late Ujah Anaguta, Jauro Magaji.
The chairman made the appreciation shortly after the funeral rites of late Ujah Anaguta Jauro Magaji at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos.
He described the late Ujah Anaguta Jauro Magaji as a unifier whose good deeds had given the people of the locality a sense of belonging in the area.
Shehu Usman narrated that, his association with the late traditional ruler presented him the opportunity to work with a nationalist, noting that, the late Uja was a man of faith, who ensured peaceful co-existence amongst his subjects.
Shehu Usman emphasized that late Ujah Anaguta’s wise counsel had gone a long way in uniting the inhabitants of the area, and called on all traditional rulers to emulate the sterling qualities of the late Ujah.
The LGC chairman assured citizens of Jos North Local Government of his administration’s desire to continue to work closely with the traditional institution in the area for the betterment of the people.