A social cultural group, under the auspices of Egbura Cultural Development Association (ECDA) has said it is opposed to creation of a chiefdom out of the present Opanda and Toto Chiefdoms in Toto LGA of Nasarawa State.
During a protest in Abuja yesterday, the group, in a press release issued and jointly signed by the vice chairman, Suleiman Zubairu and the PRO, Musa Ohikwo Usman, said the very idea of a “created” chiefdom was alien to the institution as chiefdom was never created but founded in line with established tradition and history of a people.
It urged the governor to refuse being stampeded into issuing executive fiat in a matter such as this and instead “properly examine all the variables required for founding a chiefdom in the traditional and conventional sense of the institution.”
The group further urged Gov Al-Makura “not to soil his immense contributions to the peace and development of Nasarawa State by acceding to this strange demand from people who believe might is always right.”
According to the group: “We call on him to see through the evil machinations of those who avoided him in 2011 and 2015 respectively when seeking for their votes but are now back only to hoodwink him into smirching his sterling performance as governor at the taillight of his administration.
“To discourage the leadership of Bassas from seeking to archive their aims through carnage and campaign of terror in future, the government must prosecute the arrested militia, mercenaries and their sponsors connected thereto.”
Expressing its dissatisfaction with the levity with which the state government has handled the “criminal attacks on Egbura communities in Toto LGA by Bassa militia since April this year,” the group warned the state against taking steps capable of being seen as rewarding criminality.
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