From Teryima Ajijah, Jos
The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong has tasked traditional rulers in the state to adjudicate on issues concerning their subjects with the fear of God, and in accordance with custom and traditions.
Governor Lalong gave the advise Saturday, at Mangu mini stadium, Mangu Local Government Area of the state at the coronation and presentation of staff of office to Da John Putmang Hirse, as the Mishkaham Mwaghavul with first class status.
“Let me advise His Royal Highness and all other traditional rulers to be careful of their conduct and utterances during the political season. You must remain apolitical and demonstrate that you are fathers to all.
“Resist every attempt by politicians to drag you into their scheming, maneuvering and desperation to get power using ethnicity, religion and other sentiments. Pray for them and admonish them to convince the people and play by the rules of the game,” he stated.
Lalong said Hirse deserved the throne “Your Royal Highness, your accession to the throne of your ancestors is the will God,” he said.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Sylvanus Tapgun, who congratulated the paramount ruler, urged him to be just, uphold the virtues of custodian of the stool and also carry everyone along.
Tapgun appealed to the Mwaghavul people to support the newly installed Mishkaham Mwaghavul as a means of uniting the chiefdom.
In a good will message, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Nentawe Yilwatdat congratulated the paramount ruler and wish a blissful reign.
Dr Yilwatdat, called his the entire Mwaghavul people within and in the diaspora to accord him maximum support to enable him rule well.
Responding, Da Hirse, in an acceptance speech pledged his loyalty to the constituted authority.
“Your Excellency, you set the tone for my election by maintaining neutrality. I give my profound gratitude to God and all those who made my selection process success,” he stated.
The traditional ruler assured his subjects that his reign shall witness unity among Mwaghavul people.
“I have in all sincerity pledged myself to your service as I believe, so many of you have pledged yours to me too,” he added.
He assured that “in this resolve, I have the support of my council members with whom I am united in spirit and objectiveness.”
It will be recalled that the immediate past Mishkaham Mwaghavul, His Royal Highness, the late Nelson Bakfur died earlier this year.
The coronation ceremony was peaceful, with tight security both from traditional and conventional security personnel.
Present at the coronation were; Sen. Kashim Shettima, presidential running mate to the APC presidential candidate, Sen. Smart Adeyemi and the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives, Idris Wase, as well as governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Dr Partrick Dakun among others.