Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, the paramount ruler of Umaisha, Nasarawa state, has conferred privileged traditional titles on five prominent Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gen. T. Y. Danjuma was conferred with the title of Ohireku Opanda of Nasarawa, while Alhaji Aliko Dangote bagged the title of Dan Maliki Opanda.
Abdullahi, who is the Ohimegye Opanda of Nasarawa (a First Class Traditional Ruler), conferred the traditional titles on the recipients during his 20 years anniversary in Umaisha development area of Nasarawa state.
Other awardees included Gov. Tanko Al-Makura as Wambai Opanda, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa West) as Asayidu Opanda.
Similarly, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe, Speaker of the Nasarawa state House of Assembly was turbanned as the Wali Opanda.
The traditional ruler said that the honour done to the awardees was in recognition of their positive contributions to the development of the area. Group Condemns Multiplicity Of Biometric Data Collection
“This event is indeed historic not just because it marks the 20th Anniversary of my ascension to the exalted throne of Ohimegye Opanda.
“But because it serve as an opportunity to look back at the origin of our ancient kingdom whose foundation dates back to 265 years ago.
“What we are witnessing today is a celebration of mind and a reminder of how 20 years ago, precisely on October 21st, 1995, I ascended the throne of Opanda as the 28th Ohimegye.
“I said to my people, we must have a clear view of the future if I truly desire to achieve our goals.
“I want to use this occasion to confer the following traditional titles of the Opanda chiefdom to some notable Nigerians.”