By Aideloje Ojo
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger state has called on traditional rulers to remain the watchdogs of their domains in the maintenance of peace and to curtail any act capable of breaking law and order.
Bello gave the charge at the weekend while presenting staff of office to the 17th Emir of Borgu, Barrister Muhammed Sani Haliru Dantoro, Kitoro IV in New Bussa, Borgu Local Government area of the state.
The governor stressed the need for cautioned and vigilance on the part of the royal fathers in order to help fish out questionable characters in the society.
“I call on all traditional rulers to be more interested in what happens in their communities. You remain security watchdogs in your domain and by extension the state. You must avoid any criminal connivance, as this is capable of ruining any leader,” he said.
In his remarks, the newly installed Emir of Borgu promised to be fair to all his subjects and called on them to come up with meaningful ideas on how to move the Emirate forward.
The royal father whose late father was a former Senator during the botched Third Republic called on political leaders in the country to bury their differences for the development, progress and unity of the country.
“Let all leaders of change bury their differences, work for the unity and for the progress of the country in the memory of my late father,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari, a turbaned chief of the emirate, was represented by the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Mohammed Musa Bello, and the Minister of State, Ministry of Solid Minerals, Hon. Abu Bawa Bwari.
Others in attendance included the governor of Sokoto state, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal; Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim, and former military governor of the state, Col. Lawan Gwadabe, and Ambassador designate, Hon. Ahmed Ibeto.
The ceremony was witnessed by many royal fathers from across the six geo-political zones with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar.