The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong on Tuesday inaugurated two Second Class Chiefs in Wase Local Government Area of the State. The Chiefs are Mr. Lot Nden, the Chief (Ponzhi) of Kadarko Chiefdom and Mr. Muhammad Asi, the Chief (Aku-Jukun) of Mavo Chiefdom.
Presenting the staffs of office to the new traditional rulers, Governor Lalong said traditional rulers play a vital role in enhancing security.
He said any community leader or traditional ruler who is unable to assist security agencies towards arresting criminals within his domain will be held to account.
“Let me warn that any traditional ruler who is found to be promoting ethno-religious hatred, injustice, disharmony or shielding criminals will not only be dethroned, but will be made to face the laws of the land” said the Governor.
Lalong charged the Chiefs to discharge their duties with “diligence, honesty, justice and the fear of God.”
He said, “With the Staffs of Office in your hands, you cease to be champions of one particular clan, tribe, denomination or religion. You are fathers to all that reside in your domains irrespective of where they come from. Always remember that the traditional institution has played and will continue to play a significant role in the peace, unity, progress and security of Plateau State. These are the virtues we expect you to promote and uphold as we consolidate on the peaceful ambience we have worked hard to restore which is bringing back Plateau to its place as the Home of Peace and Tourism”.
The traditional rulers promised to support Government in improving the quality of lives of the people.
The Emir of Wase, Alhaji Muhammadu Sambo Haruna commended Governor Lalong for restoring the previously downgraded Chiefdoms as promised.