By Femi Bolaji
JALINGO- Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku has issued a stern to traditional rulers and 48 newly installed Chiefs in the state to stay away from politics and avoid being used by selfish politicians as 2019 draws closer.
Ishaku who gave the warning on Monday during the installation of 38 third class Chiefs and 10 second class Chiefs in Jalingo, noted that traditional institutions are peace builders and not instrument of disunity.
He said ” I want to warn you to steer clear from politics especially as the 2019 elections approaches.
“As traditional rulers, you must live above-board and carry every one along in the discharge of your duties.”
According to him, “the challenge of insecurity made it possible to create these chiefdoms and upgrade the existing ones, and you must ensure peace in your domains.”
Ishaku explained that the creation of the new Chiefdoms was part of his administration’s plan to give every ethnic nationality in the state a sense of belonging.
He noted that the move will further strengthen the state’s traditional institution and address the yearnings of neglect by some ethnic groups in the state.
Earlier, the permanent secretary, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Bello Yero explained that more than 40 communities in the state benefitted from the state government’s gesture.
Responding on behalf of the newly installed monarchs, Second class Chief of Mutum Biyu, Alhaji Mohammed Bose thanked governor Ishaku for the grand ceremony.
He assured that they will reciprocate the governors gesture by promoting peaceful coexistence among their subjects and collaborate with all governments machineries to prevent conflicts and restore lasting peace in troubled areas.