Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, on Sunday warned that he will not hesitate to dethrone any traditional ruler found wanting, especially when it has to do with the needs of the people.
Mohammed disclosed this during a presentation of staff of office and coronation of the 11th Emir of Misau, Alh Ahmed Sulaiman, held in Misau.
He said; “Cases of kidnapping, banditry, insurgency and other violent crimes that are gradually spreading to the State from the neighbouring States must be checked with the cooperation of traditional rulers.”
“Government will not hesitate to sanction any traditional ruler that is found to be supporting or refusing to report criminal activities in their areas of jurisdiction.’’
“In fact, I will not spare any traditional ruler found to be an accomplice in the committing of such retrogressive criminal activities anywhere in the State. People must learn to protect themselves from illegal aliens in their midst.’’
“I understand that the last time such an event took place in Misau was about 43 years ago. Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman, ascended the throne of his forefathers after the death of the immediate past Emir of Misau, Alhaji Muhammad Manga III, in February 2015 after ruling for 36 years”.
“I’ll not only enjoin the Emir to emulate the conduct of the former Emir, but he should strive to improve upon them.”
“Let me use this occasion to give the Emir some advice. Your Royal Highness should strike a balance between tradition and modernity. To this, you should be flexible and keep pace with the dynamics of the complexities of modern society while exercising your traditional authority.”
“As a member of the State Council of Chiefs, you should work harmoniously with your colleagues to strengthen the traditional institution and move the State forward.”
“As the custodian of the culture and traditions of the people of Misau Emirate, you should be firm and fair and adhere strictly to the oath of office and allegiance that you have just been sworn to. I need not tell you to carry members of your Emirate Council along in the discharge of your duties as a new Emir.”
“It is my desire and hope that the reign of Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman as the 11th Emir of Misau, will witness peace and harmony, economic prosperity, and political stability.”