Zamfara state Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has tasked traditional rulers in the North to help the third tier of government to restoring back the lost glory of the region.
The governor made the call Wednesday when he paid a solidarity visit on the Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Umar Faruk at his palace in Azare, Bauchi state.
In a press release issued to newsmen in Gusau by the director general, press affairs to Governor Matawalle, Yusuf Idris said the governor described traditional rulers in the country as a custodian of all norms and values of the region; hence the need for their contribution to restoring peace, unity and understanding among the people of the region.
Matawalle added that the role played by the traditional rulers in the past contributed vigorously to the peace and development enjoyed in the region.
He, therefore, emphasised the need for traditional rulers to support government at all levels in the fight against all forms of criminal activities for the purpose of developing the region that is free from all forms of criminality.
“If the traditional institution can work hand in hand with government at all levels, socio-economic potentials will be adequately developed and achieved within a short period of time,” Matawalle said.
The governor also thanked the monarch for the warm reception accorded him and his entourage while in Bauchi.
Responding, the Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Umar Farouk, lauded the governor for the visit and assured to make the governor’s charge top of his emirate’s priority.
“Peace remains the only option for attaining meaningful development and I want to commend Governor Matawalle for restoring peace in Zamfara state within a short period of his administration through the peace reconciliation process,” the monarch said.