Report by Olajumoke Obatomi
Kogi State Government would not tolerate indiscriminate creation of chiefdom and random installment of chiefs.
Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr Salami Mamodu Ozigi made this known in a meeting with Traditional Rulers and Local Government Administrators in the State.
The meeting which was attended by first class Traditional Rulers was geared towards establishing a viable synergy between the State Government and the traditional institution.
Barrister Ozigi thanked the Traditional Rulers for their efforts in the re-election of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as the Governor, saying that a good relationship between the State Government as well as the traditional institution is key to the success of the administration as they are the closest to the people at the grassroots.
Describing the Local Government Authority as the face of the State Government at the grassroots, he encouraged Local Government Administrators and traditional rulers to walk together towards quelling insecurity and communal crises.
Stressing that Governor Yahaya Bello has achieved a lot in the area of security, the Commissioner said the dire need to build on the existent achievements is one of the focal points of the meeting, considering that community disputes arise mainly from cheiftancy and land disputes.
Citing unpleasant examples of Agu and Ankpa, the Commissioner charged Traditional Rulers to ensure peace in their domain by all means, pledging the State Government’s determination to play its role by ensuring that entitlements of Traditional Rulers are given the required attention and the traditional stool is accorded its due respect.
He warned that on no account should a chiefdom be created or a chief installed without due approval from the State Government, adding that those are some extreme causes of communal crises in the State.
Barr Ozigi encouraged Traditional Rulers to be at peace with one another and urged paramount rulers to carry other Traditional Rulers along in affairs that concern their official activities .
In his remark, the Attah Igala and President Kogi State Council of Chiefs, HRM (Dr) Michael Idakwo Ameh Oboni II , expressed gratitude to the State Government for supporting the traditional institution in diverse ways and called on the State Government to come up with a workable plan towards solving lingering issues, and the Commissioner promised the State Government’s readiness to address all areas of conflict , even those that are already in court.
The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland and Vice President , Kogi State Council of Chiefs, HRM, Alhaji (Dr) Ado Ibrahim urged traditional rulers to endeavour to do what is right for the people at all times and expressed the preparedness of traditional rulers to co-operate with the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello towards quelling insecurity and engendering peace.
The Ohimege Igu and chairman KotonKarfe/ Lokoja Area Traditional Council, HRM Alhaji Abdurazak Isa Koto implored the State Government to do more in terms of security while wishing the Honourable Commissioner a successful tenure.
The Aguma of Bassa and Chairman Bassa Area Traditional Council, HRM William Keke Jimba expressed gratitude to the State Government and prayed God to strengthen Governor Yahaya Bello, Barr Ozigi and other New Direction stake holders towards a safe and better Kogi state.
In their different remarks, the Onu of Ibaji, HRM, Anofe John Egwemi; Elegbe of Egbe , HRH Oba Ayodele Irukera; and the Obobanyi of Ihima , HRM Samuel Adai Onimisi , pledged their support for the administration, decrying the existence of all manner of cheiftancy title holders in the society of today.
The Commissioner promised that the State Government will attend to all issues raised.