From Julius B. Kezi, Kafanchan
The New Chairman, Jema’a Local Government Council in Kaduna State, Mr. Peter Danjuma Averik, has called on those in leadership positions, particularly traditional, religious and community leaders in the area, to champion the cause of peaceful coexistence and unity, the core duty God has bestowed on them.
The chairman made the called on Saturday at Fadan Kagoma, during the coronation of three District Heads in Gwong Chiefdom.
Speaking in a message of good will to the occasion through Alhaji Isiaka Ladan, a former council vice chairman and P.D.P chieftain in the area, Hon. Peter Danjuma Averik said his administration is poised at peace restoration and unity, which every patriotic resident is divinely and constitutionally mandated to make contributions for the peace, unity, well being and the development of the area, Kaduna State and Nigeria.
Praying and challenging the coroneted District Heads to uphold the confidence imposed in them, Averik said they should live exemplary lives devoid of discrimination, which will position them to sustain the peace building agenda.
Mr. Peter Averik, who is among the chairmen undergoing orientation course on leadership and good governance, organized by the Kaduna State government, assured to make available details of the policies thrust of his administration during a thank you/ consultation tour of his council, in the near future.
Similarly, in his good will message, the representative of Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Rt. Hon. Jagaba Adams Jagaba, glorified God for witnessing a colourful coronation such as the Gwong, for the first time, stressing that living in peace, is the foundation of prosperity which every good person should pursue for himself and his community.
He called on Nigerians, particularly herders and farmers to contribute in building and sustaining peace by reporting to constituted authority any threat to security.
Wondering why the recent violent clashes between indigenous fulanis and farmers, he pointed out that “we grew to see our communities and herders living together peacefully, which encouraged me to marry a Fulani girl and have been living in peace.”
Adams Jagaba cautioned indigenous fulanis not to be deceived into collaborating with invading foreign herdsmen to jeopardizes the peace and unity of the country, as it is against the divine way of life.
In his speech after the coronation of the District Heads, His Highness, Paul Zakka Wyom, the Kpop Gwong, said the Holy scriptures made it mandatory to honour authority (leadership) as any rebellion, attracts divine sanction, quoting Psalms 118 of the Holy Bible to buttress his point and asked “do you fear God to earn His protection and blessing?”.
He charged the new District Heads, village and ward heads in the chiefdom to fear God, sustain the peace building process, by building bridges of love, friendship, justice, tolerance, team and hard work, and quality leadership for the prosperity of the chiefdom, the local and state governments and the Nigeria nation.
The Kpop Gwong noted that change is a natural community way of life, borrowed by politician to enhance good governance, which should be promoted to remain at the grass root level, for the well being of society.
He appreciated Governor Nasir Ahmad EL-Rufai for giving the chiefdom three districts in his quest to restoring the lost glory of the state, and requested people of the state to give him support.
Speaking while leading a band of Christian and Muslim clerics in a special prayer section for the new district heads, the CAN chairman Gwong chiefdom, Rev. Sadauna Tanet explained that leadership is a called to services, meant to teach the fear of God, love, mercy, justice, tolerance, protection of life and property of citizens, especially the weak, vulnerable and indigent in the society.
He therefore commended them to constantly consult the Holy Bible as spelt out in 1st Peter for guidance by the Holy Spirit in the discharge of their duties, if success and victory are their focus.
Those coroneted were Mr. Andrew Dogo District Head of Fada Kagoma, Mallam Barnabas Samaila as District Head of Asso and Mr. Samuel Maichibi Whyah as the District Head of Bisat-Fori.
The Gwong Traditional council secretary, Mr. Salleh Banda Kure disclosed that the Kpop Gwong also added titles to the District Heads, hence Mr. Andrew Dogo is the Mabudin Gwong, Mallam Barnabas Samaila as the Mukadas Gwong, while Mr. Samuel Maichibi Whyah is the Ajiyan Gwong.