The Lokoja Forum of Patriots has berated Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello over his failure to appoint a new Maigairi of Lokoja one year after the demise of late monarch of the state capital, Alhaji (Dr )Muhammadu Kabir III.
DAILY POST recalled that the former Maigari of Lokoja died on September 28, 2022.
The Forum made its feelings known in a statement signed by its chairman, Alhaji Idris Babaango, and Secretary, Alhaji Ali Danlami Ibrahim, respectively.
The statement explained that, despite the Lokoja Traditional Council completing the process for the appointment of a new monarch in line with the extant laws guiding the selection and appointment of a new Maigari, the government is yet to take any action on the matter.
Parts of the statement said, “This development is very strange to the culture of the people of Lokoja.
The tradition and culture of Lokoja abhors vacuum , and this is happening for the first time in the history of the town.
“For the Throne to continue to remain vacant is not in the best interest of Lokoja and her indigenes, Kogi State and Nigeria as a whole.
“Apart from being the capital of Kogi State and an ancient town which once served as the capital of the defunct Northern Protectorate until the amalgamation of 1914, Lokoja should be accorded its due rights by having a traditional ruler approved for it without further delay by Your Excellency Sir.
“Sir, Lokoja, the Kogi State capital and her indigenes have been like a flock without a Shepherd since the transition of the late Maigari, we are appealing that you do the needful by approving a new Maigari for us.
Your Excellency, we are particularly worry that Lokoja is the only major town in the state and the only state capital in the whole Northern Nigeria without a traditional ruler.
“The absence of Maigari of Lokoja is already affecting negative effects on the social and economic well-being of the town and its indigenes.We are like a house without a rooftop. Nobody to guide us Islamically and traditionally for almost one year now. This is strange to our tradition and culture.
“We have never found ourselves in this type of situation. This is the first time the town will be without a head and leader for one year. We members of the Lokoja Forum of Patriots are not happy and sad that about the failure of the Kogi State government to approve a new Maigari for Lokoja.”
According to the group, the development has forced the indigenes to postpone the annual Lokoja Boat Regatta Festival and the Lokoja Nupe Carnival/Festival.
“We believe that there is no cause for celebration when the throne of the Maigari is still vacant due to action an inaction of the Kogi State government.
“These are age long traditional festivals which are celebrated yearly to showcase the rich culture and traditional occupation of the people of Lokoja and its people have also been serving as a tourists attractions for so many years.
“The postponement of the festivals occasioned by the non approval of a new Maigari for Lokoja will amount to revenue loss for the state government and business owners, especially hotels, cab operators and other petty traders,” the statement added.