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Fani-Kayode’s Chieftaincy Title Irreversible, Shinkafi Emirate Council Declares

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The Shinkafi Emirate Council of Zamfara state has declared that the chieftaincy title conferred on Femi Fani-Kayode, former Min­ister of Aviation, by the Emir of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammad Makwash is irreversible.

The council made this declaration amidst controversy that has led to the resignation of five ti­tle holders in the Shinkafi Emirate Council of of the state.

Fani-Kayode, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, was conferred with the tradi­tional title of “Sadaukin Shinkafi” by the Emirate Council last week, a move rejected by some members of the Shinkafi Emirate Council and politicians.

However, the Wambai Shinkafi, Dr. Sani Abdulla­hi Shinkafi, who spoke on behalf of the emirate de­clared that the conferment of titles by the Emir cannot be reversed, being a gesture to deserving recipients exercised within the powers and the discretion of Emir.

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According to Alhaji Shinkafi, the royal father has powers to confer any Chieftaincy title on any person he feels is deserving of such a title. He, there­fore, cautioned that poli­ticians should not bring ethnicity and religion into the matter.

“Femi Fani-Kayode is not the only non-Muslim to bag a title from the North, it is worthy of note that several northern tradi­tional rulers had conferred titles on southerners like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was conferred with Chieftaincy title of Yalla­ban Sokoto, Chief Rochas Okorocha Danjekan Soko­to, Senator Orji Uzo Kalu Wakilin Anka, and former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who was con­ferred with the Garkuwan Manoman Zamfara.

Others include Barrister Solomon Dalung conferred with Magayakin Buk­kuyyum; Sen David Mark as Jarumin Kaura Namo­da; Senator Victor Umeh as Jagaban Shinkafi; the APC leader, Bola Tinubu has also bagged such title with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Why is FFK’s ti­tle different?

“There is no hatred be­tween Muslims and Chris­tians or northerners and southerners but some people who want to ignite hatred are reading political mean­ing to it. He was chosen so that we can foster unity. He served as a minister and rep­resented the whole of Nigeria,” he affirmed.

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Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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