From Suzan Edeh, Bauchi
The Sayawa People association, Zaar Development Association (ZDA,) has called upon the Bauchi state governor, Mohammed Abubakar to relocate Tafawa Balewa LGA headquarters back to Tafawa Balewa town and implement the chiefdom for Sayawa and confirm the Gunzar for the people.
National President, ZDA, Bala Istifanu Gambar, made the call during the annual Zaar cultural festival known as Lemb Zaar 2015 held in Tafawa Balewa local government.
Gambar said: “We want the present administration of Governor Mohammed Abubakar to fully implement the Chiefdom for the Sayawa people and their selected Gunzar in Tafawa Balewa town as the headquarters of the Chiefdom
“The immediate past Governor, Isa Yuguda was manipulating the Zaar people in the creation of the much-desired Sayawa Chiefdom. Although the chiefdom was eventually created in 2011 by the Yuguda administration after decades of clamour, it was not in the best interest of the Zaar people.
“The then governor chose to selectively implement and manipulate the law establishing it to our complete detriment, thereby compromising the essence and objectives of the chiefdom based on our aspirations.”
He said the Bauchi government should reverse itself in the interest of the rule of law.
Responding in his speech at the occasion, Governor Abubakar said his administration was committed to the unity of the various groups in the state and called on citizens to respect the freedom of worship of others.
Abubakar, who was represented by the Head of Service Abdon Gin, promised to complete all ongoing projects in the state and urged the people to continue to live in peace and harmony, assuring that government would provide the needed environment for all ethnic groups to develop their communities.