The Adara Development Association, (ADA), on Monday, stated that it has observed, with great dismay, the way the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has used the demise of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, to publicly showcase the status differential between the Northern and Southern people in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the National President of the association, Mr Awemi Dio Maisamari, and made available to Hanoky Media.
The statement read, “As a mark of well-deserved honour to the late 1st Class Emir who died naturally, three days mourning and a public holiday was declared by the Governor.”
“Also, in a matter of a few days, arrangements are in top gear to peacefully appoint a successor to the throne based on established Zazzau customs and traditions.”
“On the other hand, the 1st Class monarch of Adara Chiefdom was abducted like a commoner and eventually assassinated in very humiliating and suspicious circumstances, yet, the Governor did not consider his tragic demise deserving of an extraordinary action, special honour, press statements, tribute or even ceremonial calls for public mourning.”
“This was again followed by the greatest mark of dishonour and treachery to our monarch and Adara people as a whole.”
“Our people were shocked to learn that Adara Chiefdom and Adara Traditional Council had been secretly scrapped by the Governor five months earlier.”
The statement further explained, “The unacceptable scrapping of Adara Chiefdom and the creation of Kajuru Emirate on Adara land were made known a few days after the murder of our Royal Father. Furthermore, even the investigation and prosecution of the masterminds and executors of the crime are not being given the publicity, importance and urgency that they deserve.”
“This shows his total and unapologetic disrespect and disdain for the traditional rulers and people of Southern Kaduna. Therefore, the Emir’s death has finally unmasked Governor E-Rufai’s apartheid and segregationist system in Kaduna State beyond any reasonable doubt,” the statement added.
The Adara people, who appealed to the Governor, urged him to rescind his principles and policies in the interest of sustainable social harmony, genuine peace and equitable development of the state.
According to them, Governor El-Rufai has left Zazzau Emirate intact with ten local governments, but balkanized the largest Christian majority of Adara Chiefdom, whose size covers only two local governments.
They alleged that the Governor sympathizes and apologizes for Fulani terrorist attacks in Northern Kaduna, but blames Southern Kaduna communities for the endless atrocities on their people by his kinsmen.
They added that the Governor has ignored the humanitarian crisis affecting tens of thousands of Fulani terrorist attack victims and internally displaced persons in Southern Kaduna.