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Cross River govt warns Hausa-Fulani community over alleged appointment of ‘Emir of Calabar’

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Posted: July 27, 2022 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The alleged appointment of an Emir and the establishment of an emirate in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, has enraged the state administration and people.

During the last Sallah festival in Calabar, the freshly coronated leader of the Hausa/Fulani community in the state capital, Alhaji Garba Lawan, the deceased one’s younger brother, was addressed and paraded as the Emir of Calabar.

There was an increase in social media announcements of the supposed ‘appointment,’ generating comments from those who claimed northern Nigerian jurisdiction extended into the Atlantic Ocean.

Local kingmakers, locals, traditional chieftains, and politicians all harshly criticised the move.

Threatened by the action, the state administration called the leaders of the state’s Hausa/Fulani communities to the governor’s office, where they were instructed in no uncertain terms to abolish the title and stop plotting to establish an emirate in Calabar.

Speaking to the leaders on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, Permanent Secretary of Special Services, Governor’s Office, Sir Alfred Mboto stated, “On no account should any member of the public address any Hausa/Fulani leader in Cross River State as “Emir.”

“This is not acceptable in the state. The state has long been recognised for its calm and quiet, welcoming and unifying all ethnic nations that call it home.”

Mboto went on to say that at the time of the meeting, the Facebook write-ups had not been identified.

He, on the other hand, sued for peace among the people.

No leader of the Hausa/Fulani people should be called as Emir or be seen with palace guards, according to the government.

They also cautioned “No leader of the Hausa/Fulani community should be seen with men with swords.

“The leadership of the Hausa/Fulani community must report to the State Government any illegal activities around its environs.”

Mr Adoga Ifop, Special Adviser to the Governor on Chieftaincy Matters, argued that the Hausa/Fulani community should not award a chieftaincy title in the state since it is not part of their duty.

In separate remarks, Alhaji Garba Lawan, the leader of the state’s Hausa/Fulani Muslim community, the Chief Imam, Kabeer Olowdayemi, and other leaders of the state’s Hausa/Fulani community praised Mboto for intervening in the case.

They pledged to apologise right away, stating that they did not know who was behind the social media posts.

They urged that the incident not be repeated since the community will follow the law.

The meeting was attended by the State Security Adviser (North), Mr Murphy Ntol, and the State Security Adviser (South), Mr Henry Okokon, as well as other security professionals.

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