Following the uproar over the chieftaincy title conferred on former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode by the Emir Of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammad Makwash in Zamfara State, the Shinkafi Emirate Council yesterday declared that it would not withdraw the title because it’s irrevocable and irreversible.
Fani-Kayode, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was conferred with the traditional title of “Sadaukin Shinkafi” by the Emirate Council last week, a move that was not accepted by some members of the Shinkafi emirate council and politicians.
Reacting however, the Wambai Shinkafi, Dr. Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi, who spoke on behalf of the emirate declared that the move could not be reversed as the Emir has the power and the discretion to confer any Chieftaincy title on any person whom he feels is deserving of such a title, just as he cautioned that politicians should not bring ethnicity and religion into the matter.
He stated that, “Femi Fani-Kayode is not the only non-Muslim to bag a title from the North. It is worthy of note that several northern traditional rulers had conferred titles on Southerners like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was conferred with Chieftaincy title of Yallaban Sokoto, Chief Rochas Okorocha as Danjekan Sokoto, Senator Orji Uzo Kalu as Wakilin Anka, and former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who was conferred with the Garkuwan Manoman Zamfara”.
“Also, Barrister Solomon Dalung was conferred with Magayakin Bukkuyyum, Sen David Mark was conferred with Jarumin Kauran Namoda, Senator Victor Umeh as Jagaban Shinkafi. The APC leader, Bola Tinubu has also bagged such title with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Why is FFK’s title different?”
“There is no hatred between Muslims and Christians or Northerners and Southerners but some people who want to ignite hatred are reading political meaning to it. He was chosen so that we can foster unity. He served as a minister and represented the entire Nigeria.”
Shinkafi stated that the five titleholders who resigned would soon be replaced even as he alleged that they were all loyalists and relatives
of the immediate past Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Yari, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress.