Tangale Commununity Overseas Insist On Following Established Tradition In Choosing New Mai

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Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, Governor of Gombe State

By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The Governor of Gombe State is subservient to and must follow the law  of choosing the Mai Tangle as established by their tradition.

Tangale Community Overseas, expressed this in a statement signed  by the General Secretary, Lamela Ijmaru Lakorok.
“Twisting the Law is an assault on the sovereignty of the Tangale people. Therefore, we call on the Gombe state legislators and the judiciary to uphold and interpret the written law and allow its full implementation in the current setting.
“That the Governor of Gombe State, his excellency, Alh Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya immediately announce the choice of the people, Dr. Musa Idris Mai Yamba as the new Mai Tangle as indicated in the election returns. 
“The Governor is subservient to and must follow the law. It would beneflt his leadership to do the right thing and allow the Tangale people to choose their Mai according to their tradition,” the statement said.
According to the statement titled, the “Press Release on the Election of new Mai Tangle by the Tangale Community Overseas” the group said that it is with sadness of heart that they speak about the aftermath of the recent election of the new Mai Tangle. 
“Three days have elapsed since the election by the kingmakers, but the governor has remained silent about his responsibility to announce the decision of the people. 
“This is a cause for concern for the Tangale people. Therefore, we the people of Tangale Community Overseas wish to make the following observations regarding the situation,” they said.
The statement further said that the “Gombe State Chieftaincy Law 2021 “is either misunderstood or misappropriated. The Law, PartVI, num 20 (1) says, “Upon the death, resignation, removal or deposition of an Emir or a Chief the Governor shall apppve the appointment of an Emir or a Chief on the recommendation of theCouncil of Traditional Kingmakers of the Emirate or Chiefdom. 
“(2) The Governor may consult the State Council of Emirs and Chiefs on the appointment of an Emir or a Chief.” 
They pointed out that such affirms the democratic principle of governance, whose main tenet is the majority rule. 
“When through electioneering, the majority chooses a leader, the choice stands. 
“In the case of the Mai Tanglé election, Dr. Musa Idris Mai Yamba received more votes than the two other candidates combined. 
“That is total victory. The voice of the people through their traditional rulers and kingmakers is loud and clear. Secondly, throughout history, monarchy has never been the prerogative of elected officials. 
“The idea that a governor of a given state can decide for a tribe who should be their leader, ignoring their traditions and customs, is laughable were it not so absurd,” they lamented.
The group noted that considering his recent keynote address at the unveiling of the Development Agenda for Gombe State (DEVAGOM 2021-2030) given on Tuesday  February 16, 2021, they call on the governor to pursue the ways and means that align with his vision  of peace and prosperity.
“That the other candidates, who are recognized as legitimate candidates, should do the honorable thing, and follow the traditional norms by congratulating the winner of the election. 
“It would be against custom and etiquette for either of them to accept an appointment to the throne of Tangale by anyone other than the Tangale people. 
“That would be tantamount to betrayal of confidence and respect of the people they purport to love.
 “The loyalty of the people is earned through the process in play for years,” they stressed. 
They warned that any person forced upon the Tangale people as Mai will be correctly perceived as a puppet of outsiders and will never earn the respect and loyalty of the Tangale people.
“It would be wise to leave a legacy of respect for your children who may well ascend the throne of Tangale in the future.

“That the people of Tangale exercise patience as we all await the announcement from the governor. We do not encourage any behavior or actions that will be counterproductive to the cause of peace in Tangale land. Any protest that is violent will only hurt the Tangale people,” they advised.
The group therefore, appealed to their traditional rulers, the Tangale Community Development Association, local, state, and federal elected officials, and the Tangale people to stand behind the decision of the kingmakers and recognize the new Mai Tangle as their traditional ruler.
“This is a matter of our identity, our heritage, and our memories. Future generations will read about this moment in the history of the Tangale people, make it worthwhile.
“Finally, we ask that our neighboring tribes and friends pay attention to our situation because their own sovereignty and traditions are at stake. We invite you to stand with us and speak up in support of the traditional institutions under attack.
”A stitch in time saves nine”  they concluded.

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