New Etum Numana yet to emerge – NPF

NAF said Brigadier IA Yammah Gbanzu has not been selected

By Bomba Dauda, Kaduna

The Numana Patriotic Front (NPF), has said that the new Etum Numana has not been appointed.

The group described a recent report (Not from Elanza) in which Numana Community Development Organisation (NCDO) thanked governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State for selecting Brigadier IA Yammah Gbanzu.

NPF described the statement as malicious and misleading.

In a counter press release by NPF which was signed by the Chairman of the group, Mr. Jeremiah Musa Giginya, NPF expresses dismay over the wrong impression created by Yammah and NCDO and the potential danger that the move may portend to the relative peace currently enjoy in the chiefdom.
In the counter press statement, NPF said, their attention has been drawn to a malicious and misleading press statement by NCDO concerning the “appointment” of Yammah as the successor to the late Etum Numana II Mallam Gambo Makama by the Kaduna State government.
Contrary to the dummy Yammah and NCDO sold to the public and Yammah masquerading himself as the new Etum Numana, NPF warned that, the state government is yet to select anyone out of the 3 contestants who were shortlisted awaiting final selection by the government.
“After the peaceful and successful selection of the successor of Etum Numana II by the Numana kingmakers, three out of the six people who vied for the position were successfully selected as prescribed by the Numana traditional council, which include: Brig. Gen. IA Yammah Gbanzu, CSC Adamu Shamaki (Turakin Sanga) and Mallam Adamu Ciroma.”
Adding that, the peaceful people of Numana Chiefdom are disappointed with Yammah and NCDO “at the show of desperation and shamelessness in trying to pre-empt the outcome of the governor’s decision.
“It is on this ground that we are calling on the Kaduna state government to carry out a full blown investigation into the matter with a view to unmask the brain behind the false claim. And we are also calling on all Numana people and the general public to dismiss such false claims and wait patiently on the state government to make the final choice,” has said.

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