Nigeria: As Potiskum Stands Still for Fika's Emir (2)

Damaturu — Presenting the staff of office to the emir, the chief host of the occasion who is the Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, commended the people of the area for their contribution towards the development of the state. He said government would continue to accord priority to the traditional institution in order to aid the implementation of its policies and programmes.

Speaking shortly after receiving the staff of office, the Emir of Fika, Dr. Muhammadu Muhammadu Idrissa, was truly elated and said: "I feel immensely fulfilled to stand before you today as the 43rd Emir of Fika. I am overwhelmed by the presence of this large audience of well wishers; let me, therefore, first and foremost thank Allah for making this day a reality. And on behalf of myself and the entire people of Fika Emirate, I welcome you all. I am grateful to His Excellency, the governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, a man of immense goodwill and foresight, for approving my appointment and for all the support he has generously given since then. My father, the late emir left an indelible mark and I am humbled to step into his giant shoes. He was exemplary in conduct and selfless service. His penchant for peace and peaceful co-existence to date remains unrivalled. His love for his people in particular and other Nigerian citizens in general was legendary. During his reign, the emirate recorded tremendous economic growth, peace, progress and strong bonds of brotherhood and mutual co-existence. While we pay tribute to this icon, I want to pledge that all his legacies shall be preserved, all his good works sustained and all his dreams for our people and the nation at large pursued with renewed vigour until they come to reality, by the wish of God. In making this pledge, I realize with sense of responsibility that our people deserve the best, and we clearly need economic empowerment for our people and infrastructural development for Potiskum town. This can only be attained in peaceful atmosphere. Today Potiskum town has grown into a cosmopolitan urban center with Nigeria's ethnic groups represented in varying degrees. The people have lived happily together, intermingling freely and pursuing their legitimate businesses with out any encumbrance. In this diversity lie the strength of Potiskum in particular and the emirate in general, and we shall encourage our people to continue to live together in peace and harmony. We therefore appeal to the people of Fika Emirate and Yobe State at large to appreciate that we must accommodate each other and face the daunting task of developing Yobe State together. Our governor has proved on numerous occasions that he is only a peace maker, but a lover of peace and with him at the helm of the affairs, peace will always reign by the wish of God."

The emir appealed to the government to address the problems of water scarcity, rehabilitation of township roads and drainages as well as in the area of healthcare and education.

A prince in the emirate, Waziri Abali who is the registrar, Customary Courts, Abuja, appealed to the people of the area to live in peace with one another and support all government policies and programmes to enhance development.

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