Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed has presented the staff of office to the newly graded four Chiefs in Kwali Area Council to resolve the lingering chieftaincy crisis in the Council.
These chiefs are: Alh. Audu Shaaban Nizazo III-Kwali; Alh. Abdullahi Bala-Pai; Alh. Ibrahim D. Usman-Wako and Alh. Adamu M. Saba-Gomani.
While addressing guests at the occasion, the Minister said that the delineation of new chiefdoms in Kwali Area Council became necessary in order to do justice to the multi-ethnic nature of the indigenous populations of the Area.
Mohammed noted that this was pursuant to the recommendations of the ministerial committee set up to look into the issue of chieftaincy disputes in Kwali Area Council.
According to him, the ministerial committee confirmed the appointment of the Etsu of Kwali into an already existing graded chiefdom as second-class chief, while delineating and upgrading three new chiefdoms in Wako, Gomani and Pai as third class chiefdoms.
The Minister explained that though their respective kingmakers select traditional rulers, the ratification of their appointment rests with Mr. President through the FCT Administration.
He therefore called on all the traditional rulers in the FCT to continue to show responsibility by maintaining law and order in their respective domains together with ensuring harmonious coexistence among all Nigerians living within their communities.
The minister further reminded them to always keep in mind the vision of Abuja as the centre of unity, a home to every Nigerian.
He called on traditional rulers and the entire people of FCT to continue to show the same support and loyalty to the incoming Administration because governance is a continuum.
While responding on behalf of others, the new Etsu Kwali, Alh. Audu Sha-aban Nizazo III promised to live up to expectation and thanked the minister for this uncommon gesture.