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  • Updated: January 18, 2024

Adamawa community frowns over selection of district head

Adamawa community frowns over selection of district head

The Gaya community in Adamawa State's Hong Local Government Area has expressed concern about the recent appointment of the district head.

Residents, including retired Commissioner of Police Alhaji Nasiru Adamu, highlighted on Wednesday the need to reassess the selection process for the caretaker district head, emphasizing that none of the four clans in the Gaya community were represented in the recent appointment. 

They argue that a review is crucial for justice, peace, and unity in the area.

According to him, the new district head is from Makera which is far from Gaya District, adding that even if he is to contest, he is supposed to resign before the exercise.

Adamu said that the selection was announced in only a few days and was overtaken by corruption.

“The selection process was announced two days to the exercise and those responsible for the selection were invited for a meeting with the acting district head. Some among them slept there and the following day were taken directly to the venue," he said.

He appealed to the Adamawa Government and the emirate council to review the exercise and allow those in the known clans to contest for peace and development of the area.

Minkailu Inuwa of Gaya Sikalmi said in the history of the community those who served as caretakers were not allowed to be among the contestants.

He therefore appealed for government intervention for indigenes to be allowed to head the affairs of their community and not an outsider.

According to him, since the district head assumed acting for two years he never stayed in the community to hear and know the situation there.

“In Gaya district, we have Huduma, Kulamari, Mulathul and Thulbang clans. The new head did not come from any of these clans,” he said.

Another respondent, Bello Zakaria, also appealed to the state government to create Mugwahi district to end the tension for each to lead their people.

He added that since the creation of the district whoever acted would not partake in the selection process.

Contacted, the District Head, Alhaji Ado Suleiman, maintained that the selection process was free and fair, declining comments on the allegations until he got permission from the emirate council.

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