31 October 2003

Nigeria: Emir of Muri Crisis Resolved - Nyame

Bauchi — The Governor of Taraba State, Reverend Jolly Nyame, has said that the mystery surrounding the vacant stool of Muri emir has been resolved as Alhaji Abbas Tafida, the uncrowned Emir, will soon be presented with his staff of office.

The stool of Muri Emirate became vacant on August 13, 1986, when Colonel Yohana Madaki, then governor of defunct Gongola State, deposed the Emir, Alhaji Umar Abba Tukur, and was banished to Mubi over some alleged controversies.

However, the deportation of Alhaji Umar Abba Tukur and the subsequent appointment of Alhaji Abbas Tafida, to succeed him, resulted in an unprecedented legal tussle, leading to the non coronation of Alhaji Tafida as a first class emir.

But Reverend Nyame, in an interactive session with journalists in Bauchi, explained that the mystery surrounding the vacant stool have been resolved after wide range of consultations with people over the protracted crises.

Nyame who likened the crisis bedevilling the Muri emirate to sickness, stressed the need for careful handling of the situation.

According to the governor, the damage has been done, and it was done by the past administration, saying, "since I took over, I thought it was something that you can just trust and handle based on situation on the ground," he said.

However, he lamented that on assumption of office, he found out that the issue was more complicated than expected, hence he decided to take his time to study the problem and has now come to the conclusion of presenting a staff of office to Alhaji Tafida.

"I have taken the time. I have studied the situation. I've put enough inputs on the ground. I have consulted with the stakeholders both within and up north and I think we have made finishing touches.

"And I want to assure you, in no distant future, you will be invited to come and a staff of office will be given to the Emir of Muri," the governor declared.

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