Following issues arising over the appointment of district and village heads in Minna Emirate, the Niger State government has told the Emir of Minna, Dr Umar Farouq Bahago to suspend the turbaning of affected district and village heads.
Recently, the emir appointed 30 new district heads and 188 new village heads but the Gbagyi Elders Forum in a petition written by Ambassador Zubairu Dada, Aweisu Giwa Wanna and Abubakar M. Bosso respectively, kicked against the modalities for the appointments.
The Gbagyi elders demanded for a white paper on the report of the investigative panel set up by the state government before the turbaning could take place and that the grievances of warring groups should be addressed
On the heel of this, the government in a memo called on the Emirate Council to suspend the turbaning of the new appointees. The memo signed by the permanent secretary, Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Akilu Musa Kuta, with reference number MLGCD/SEC/26/S.15/Vol/1, said the suspension of the ceremony was in the interest of peace.
The memo reads in part : “Kindly refer to our earlier letter No MLGVD/SEC/26,/S.15/Vol,/1 of 14th November 2017 on the above subject matter.
“We are under directive of Mr Governor to advice the emirate to please suspend any action towards the coronation of the Districts and Village Heads for now pending further directives.”