From Ahmad Ibrahim, Gusau
Zamfara State governor, Alhaji Bello Muhammad Matawalle, has vowed to sanction any Emir or District Head who confers traditional titles on anyone without the formal consent of the state government.
Matawalle made this known via a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment, Media and “Henceforth, no Emir, Senior District Head, or District Head must appoint anybody into any traditional office without securing official permission and clearance from the state government,” he said. “Compliance to this directive is now mandatory and failure to it will attract serious reprimand from the state government,” Bappa quoted Governor Matawalle as saying.
The governor further directed traditional institutions in the state to seek approval from the state government before awarding and conferring traditional titles.
“All Emirs, Senior District Heads and District Heads in the state are hereby directed to officially seek permission from the state government before conferring traditional titles to anyone,” Matawalle added.
He said the directive became necessary in order to check indiscriminate awards and possible abuse of the traditional institution.
There were reactions recently following the conferment of traditional title on a wanted terrorist, Ado Aleru, who allegedly masterminded killing of over 100 people in the Zamfara-Katsina axis by the Yandoto Emirate of Zamfara State.