A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria (SGF), Mahmud Yayale Ahmed, has attributed the greed and selfishness of northern elite to the cause of the region’s backwardness despite its abundant human and natural resources.
Ahmed stated this while chairing the coronation ceremony and presentation of staff of office to the Emir of Deba, Ahmad Usman Muhamma, at his palace in Deba town at the weekend.
According to him, traditional rulers, as well as traditional title holders in the north must put heads together with a unity of purpose by initiating policies that will bring back the good image the north was known for.
He described as unfortunate a situation where the north is seen as backward in all spheres of human endeavor, even when it has intelligent persons that can propel the people and region to a greater height.
Ahmed, who is also the Ajiyan Katagum in Bauchi State, said traditional rulers have a great stake in redeeming the image of the North.
He said: “The traditional title holders and our traditional rulers must start initiating policies that will redeem our image if not, the future looks bleak because our future generations will suffer; not only here in the North but also in Nigeria.”
Presenting the staff of office to the emir, Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, commended the people of Deba Emirate for their contribution towards the educational development of the state, which he said, has placed them as a fountain of knowledge in the state.
He described the Emir, Ahmad Usman Muhammad, who ascended the throne as the second Emir of Deba on the August 8, 2017, as a forthright person who has earned the respect, integrity and dignity of the people.
He said his government has placed much respect to the traditional institution, which is the reason why they have been engaged in several aspects of the state administration.
In his acceptance speech, Muhammad, who was happy about the coronation and the people of the Emirate, said the honour done them by eminent persons who came from far and near was highly appreciated.