Governor Idris Wada has called on traditional rulers in the state to intensify efforts in mobilizing and sensitizing their subjects to embrace peace before, during and after the November governorship election. Wada who made the call at the Lugard House, Lokoja yesterday while presenting staff-of-office to 15 newly graded chiefs charged the royal fathers to sustain the prevailing unity and harmony in their respective domains.
He said that the people of the state should be concerned about the future of the state and not foment trouble that will hamper on the relative peace the State is presently enjoying. The governor also charged the newly graded traditional rulers to see their elevation as a privileged aimed at motivating them in discharging their role as grass-root leaders to foster the needed peace and unity in their various domains.
Capt. Wada who said his re-election bid does not worth the blood of any citizen of the state urged the traditional institution to continue to preach peace in the state, “I want to appeal to our traditional rulers to always ensure that their people does not breach the peace of the state. They should preach peace to the people and let them know that any politician that preaches violence does not want the good of the state.
“We will continue to use our traditional institution to promote peace in the society and we want all Kogi people to key into the peace project. This is our state. These are our people. The spirit of sportsmanship should always reflect in whatever we do so that we can have a Kogi we will all be proud of. Supporters of politicians should conduct themselves in a way that at the end of the day, Kogi will be the ultimate winner.
“It has become imperative for us to guide our people as any act of insecurity no matter the colouration will be dealt with severely. The security agencies are trying their best to ensure security. We will be looking forward to a more proactive response to flashes of insecurity across the state.”
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Abubakar Sadiq Ainoko while presenting royal fathers on second and Third class grading said their appointment was done transparently, “15 Royal fathers whose appointment had passed through due process and received the approval of the state executive council, are being presented and given their staff-ofoffice. The ministry has carried out Government directive by presenting them, their letters of appointment”.
-Joseph Amedu, Lokoja