The Tangale Community in Gombe State from Overseas has expressed concern that Governor Inuwa Yahaya has suppressed justice and truth in Tangale land following the ‘Mai Tangale stool’ crisis in the Billiri area of the state.
According to the Tangale community Overseas, “His callous subversion of the law led to Tangale women’s two-day peaceful protest, which led to the shutting down of the federal highway in Billiri.”
In an open letter to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, issued by its the group’s General Secretary, Lamela Umaru Lakorok, it noted that the recent visit of the Sultan to Gombe State on a summit on peaceful coexistence and nation-building, organized by Dawah Coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN), saying that the task of nation-building is the responsibility of all citizens, and leaders such as governors should lead the way.
According to the statement, strategies for enhancing peaceful coexistence among citizens naturally flow from visionary leaders whose goals include ensuring the stability of traditional institutions.
The Tangale Community Overseas noted that they are in desperate times, the Sultan’s visit also came at a time of angst and dismay in the state, saying, “Perhaps your statement calls for strong leaders of integrity. You also said we, the followers, should tell our leaders where they go wrong. It) is a veiled caution to the current state of affairs in the state. The governor of Gombe state has paraded himself as an Emperor who tramples on the rights of minority citizens of the state.”
The group observed that a governor’s job in a democracy is simply to govern a people by a delegated authority as enshrined in the nation’s constitution, lamenting, “In this respect, we have several reasons to question the bad judgment of Gov. Inuwa because he has endorsed the wanton destruction of human lives and properties.”
The statement added that Gov. Inuwa hid behind the façade of religion and ethnicity to cause disarray and hinder a peaceful coexistence among the people.
The group, however, appealed to the Sultan to correct Inuwa and nudge him to revert his decision and do what is right, pointing out that any praise of the governor would imply a subtle endorsement of his disregard of the law and traditions of the Tangale people.
The Tangale Community Overseas explained that the history of emirates, kingdoms, and chieftaincies in northern Nigeria, the group suggested that the Sultan would reflect on and warn governor Inuwa Yahaya against the dangers of one domain seeking to uproot another in the year 2021.
It added that the Tangale nation is one of those whose ancestors fought tooth and nail to preserve its identity, saying that ancestors in Nigeria are aware and accepted that position for years.
The statement lamented to the Sultan, “Your recent visit to Gombe had left many people asking if you were giving your blessings to the governor’s actions when you rewarded him with a title of his choice from your stool, not a small feat, one may add.
“While we acknowledge your (Sultan) friendship with the governor, we want to distance you from his actions or lack of foresight. The people of Gombe city have themselves tasted and experienced the pains of living under a dictator called Inuwa. Ask them about his attitude towards civil servants. Ask them about his brutality in his relationship to the masses who object to his mini-monarch, mini-dictator approach to leadership. And finally, ask them if they would want him another four years. These sentiments are felt all over the state.”
The Tangale Community Overseas stated that it watched with great concern the role of the state and the heavy-handedness of some misguided political leaders who dared to interfere in the selection/election/appointment process of an Emir or Sultan, stressing that the tribal nations, have sought to defend the rights of an emirate to choose its Emirs according to its customs and traditions.
The statement noted, “You, of all people, should know the blatant injustice when an elected state officer decides to dethrone one Emir and install another at the expense of the people’s choice. Imagine in the future, some president of Nigeria from another part of the country chooses to dethrone a Sultan!”
It observed that the whole North is in crisis, if it is not careful, it may consume all, stressing that Gombe state in particular is in desperate need of good leadership that believes in justice and not dictators.