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New Lamido urges national prayer for peace

The new Lamido was turbaned on Thursday after succeeding his father Late Dr Aliyu Musdafa who died of pneumonia last week. His ascension to the…

The new Lamido was turbaned on Thursday after succeeding his father Late Dr Aliyu Musdafa who died of pneumonia last week.

His ascension to the throne comes at a time of conflicts in some of parts of Nigeria, particularly in Niger Delta and Jos where violence claim hundreds of lives in recent weeks.

Speaking to several groups that visited him in his palace in Yola, Lamido Barkindo said prayers are needed to bring peace and unity among various ethnic and religious groups in the country.

He said he too needed public prayers to enable him emulate the peace-making efforts of his father, who ruled for about 57 years and was credited for spearheading several peace moves in the country.

Several groups, including the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) Gongola District, the Adamawa State Muslims’ Council and the Adamawa State Council Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), have called on the new monarch to emulate his late father.

The state chairman of NUJ Andrawus Tarfa told the new Lamido that the union had enjoyed a very good cordial relationship with Late Lamido Aliyu Musdafa who did not only encourage free flow of information from the palace but also treated all journalists like his own children.

In his remarks, the head of the ECWA delegation, Reverend Yohila Gwajuka said that the late Lamido was fair to all the ethnic and religious groups in the state, stressing that it was difficult to find someone as fair minded as he was. The chairman of the state Muslims’ Council Alhaji Shuaibu Girei equally narrated how the late Lamido worked with the council ensure unity among different groups in the state.

Many traditional rulers, including the Mai of Machina Alhaji Bashir Albishir Aliyu from the neighbouring Yobe State, also visited the new Lamido and pleaded with him to be fair and just to his subjects.


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