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Kaduna Grants Chikun Chiefdom First Class Status

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The governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has approved the elevation of His Royal Highness, Dr. Danjuma Barde, the Esu Chikun (previously known as Sa Gbagyi), to a first class chief.

Barde was appointed Sa Gbagyi on December 29, 2000 and installed on January 18, 2001 as a third-class chief. He was upgraded to a second class chief in 2007.

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, el-Rufai congratulated Barde on his elevation. He said that the monarch deserves the exceptional recognition for his role in promoting peace in the state

The governor said that the decision to accord the Chikun chiefdom a first class status followed the recommendation of the Ministry of Local Government Affairs.

He said that the ministry, in a proposal signed by the commissioner, Prof. Kabir Mato, noted Barde’s contribution to peace and his active role as a bridge-builder among the ethnic groups in the chiefdom.

Recently, the state government acknowledged the monarch’s love for peace in his domain in a letter of commendation it wrote to him.

Prof. Mato had said that Barde had been able to promote integration among the diverse population in the chiefdom, which covers the entire Chikun local government area of the state.

The name of the chiefdom was recently changed from Gbagyi to Chikun to reflect the government’s policy which anchors the authority of traditional rulers on territory and not tribe.

The government said that the policy was to ensure that the traditional rulers command the allegiance of every group within their territory, rather than just the people with whom the ruler shares a common ethnicity.


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