Tangale Traditional Throne: Group urge Gov. Inuwa to respect people’s choice

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By: Mayen Etim
GOMBE, North-East, Nigeria –   A group under the auspices of Tangale Community Overseas has called on Gombe State Governor, Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, to respect the people’s choice for the Tangale traditional throne.
A statement signed by the group’s General Secretary, Lamela Umaru Lakorok, made available to the media on Friday, expressed sadness over the delay by the governor to enthrone the elected leader for Tangale after the election by the traditional council.

The statement noted that three days have elapsed since the election by the kingmakers, but the governor has remained silent about his responsibility to announce the decision of the people, saying it is a cause for concern for the Tangale people.

According to the statement,  “The Gombe State Chieftaincy Law 2021, Part VI, num 20(1) says, ” Upon the death, resignation, removal or deposition of an Emir or a Chief the Governor shall approve the appointment of an Emir or a Chief on the recommendation of the Council of Traditional Kingmakers of the Emirate or Chiefdom. (2) The Governor may consult the State Council of Emirs and Chiefs on the appointment of an Emir or a Chief.

“It affirms the democratic principle of governance, whose main tenet is the majority rule.”

The statement observed that when through electioneering, the majority chooses a leader, the choice stands. “In the case of the Mai Tanglé election, Dr Musa Idris Mai Yamba received more votes than the two other candidates combined. That is total victory. The voice of the people through their traditional rulers and kingmakers is loud and clear.

“Twisting the Law is an assault on the sovereignty of the Tangale people. Therefore, we call on the Gombe state legislators and the judiciary to uphold and interpret the written law and allow its full implementation in the current setting.

“That the Governor of Gombe state, his excellency, Alh Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya immediately announce the choice of the people, Dr Musa Idris Mai Yamba as the new Mai Tangle as indicated in the election returns. The Governor is subservient to and must follow the law. It would benefit his leadership to do the right thing and allow the Tangale people to choose their Mai according to their tradition.

“Considering his recent Keynote Address at the Unveiling of the Development Agenda for Gombe State (DEVAGOM 2021-2030) given on Tuesday 16th February 2021, we call on the governor to pursue the ways and means that align with his vision of peace and prosperity.

“That the other candidates, who are recognized as legitimate candidates, should do the honourable thing, and follow the traditional norms by congratulating the winner of the election.

“It would be against custom and etiquette for either of them to accept an appointment to the throne of Tangale by anyone other than the Tangale people. That would be tantamount to the betrayal of confidence and respect of the people they purport to love.

“The loyalty of the people is earned through the process in play for years. Any person forced upon the Tangale people as Mai will be correctly perceived as a puppet of outsiders and will never earn the respect and loyalty of the Tangale people. It would be wise to leave a legacy of respect for your children who may well ascend the throne of Tangale in the future.

“That the people of Tangale exercise patience as we all await the announcement from the governor. We do not encourage any behaviour or actions that will be counterproductive to the cause of peace in Tangale land. Any violent protest will only hurt the Tangale people.

“However, we also appeal to our traditional rulers, the Tangale Community Development Association, local, state, and federal elected officials, and the Tangale people to stand behind the decision of the kingmakers and recognize the new Mai Tangle as our traditional ruler.

“This is a matter of our identity, our heritage, and our memories. Future generations will read about this moment in the history of the Tangale people, make it worthwhile.

“We ask that our neighbouring tribes and friends pay attention to our situation because their sovereignty and traditions are at stake. We invite you to stand with us and speak up in support of the traditional institutions under attack. A stitch in time saves nine”, the statement read.

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