Bandits Make Adamawa Traditional Rulers Lose Sallah Homage
Sallah is here and everyone is looking forward to the largess that the period showers, but some traditional rulers in Adamawa State will not get the usual homage they get from the state government.
The state government said it would withhold the sallah homage to traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the state for this year due to insecurity and emergencies created by flooding.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr Ahmad Sajo, said in a statement issued in Yola on Monday that this year’s homage was cancelled after due consultations with the leadership of the traditional institution in the state.
Sajo said: “After due consultation with the Chairman, Adamawa State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, the Adamawa State Government has directed that the usual Sallah homage be cancelled.
“The cancellation was due to a number of reasons which included insecurity and the emergencies created by flooding which washed away a number of bridges and rendered many families homeless".
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He, however, urged traditional rulers, prominent citizens and critical stakeholders in the state to use the Sallah period to sensitise the people on the importance of peace, unity and security.
The commissioner appealed to the people to also use the period to reflect on things that unite them rather than those that divide them.
Adamawa State's communities have, recently, seen several attacks by bandits often identified as herdsmen.
The Federal government had deployed special force to the state and neighbouring states to contain the activities of the bandits, but a few attacks have happened after the deployment. .
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