THE AKURMI KINGDOM AGREES TO JOIN NEW GURARA STATE OUT OF OLD KADUNA
By Ayuba Ladan D
27th July 2016 FCT Abuja
FEDERATED AKURMI / KURAMA ASSOCIATION
NO.5, STADIUM ROAD, SAMINAKA, LERE LGA KADUNA STATE.
Our Ref:Your Ref:Date:
February 26, 2013
Senate Committee on Review of 1999 Constitution,
National Assembly Complex,
RE:SUBMISSION ON ISSUES, OBSERVATIONS AND OUR STAND BY FEDERATED KURAMA ASSOCIATION IN RESPONSE TO A MEMORANDUM SUBMITTED BY KADUNA STATE ELDERS CONSULTATIVE FORUM ON DEMAND FOR THE CREATION OF “NEW KADUNA STATE”
We are please to forward to your committee the attached document expressing the Federated Akurmi (Kurama) Association`s views on issues, observations and our stand in response to matters arising as contained in the memorandum of Kaduna State Elders Consultative Forum.
The response is essentially to state that the entire Akurmi (Kurama) Ethnic Nationality in Saminaka the capital of Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State was not consulted by the said group.
Sir, as we appreciate your kind action to this document, please accepts our profound regards of highest esteem.
Peter Ndochi J B Ladan
(National President)(Secretary General)
RE:MOVEMENT FOR THE CREATION OF NEW KADUNA STATE “A SUBMISSION MADE TO THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE REVIEW OF 1999 CONSTITUTION OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA UNDER THE AUSPICES OF KADUNA ELDERS CONSULTATIVE FORUM. OUR RESPONSES AND POSITION ON THE SUBMISSION MADE.
ISSUES, OBSERVATIONS AND OUR STAND:
Our attention has been drawn to a memorandum write up by the movement for the creation of new Kaduna State by a group called Kaduna Development Elders’ Initiative by a memorandum dated 22nd of November 2012 and submitted to the committee Clark, Mustapha Bintube, Sub-Committee, North-West Senate Committee on the review of 1999 Constitution, National Assembly Complex, Abuja. From which the Chief of Akurmi Traditional Council was sent a copy for his information and record only.
Our attention was quickly drawn to this write up and particular the areas in the write up that concerns the Akurmi people which the addressees claimed that the Akurmi people have consented to belong to the demand for a new Kaduna State.
Refer to page 3C. “Overlapping requests” Number 5. On page 5- Lere Local Government Area. This is the area we are interested in and we are raising our observations on.
We urge the Kaduna Northern Elders Initiative to as a matter of objectivity and seriousness, to always consult with the relevant bodies that hold the corporate unity and existence of the people in the Local Government. We equally plead with the Kaduna Elders Initiative to know that History from its original should be consulted and followed before committing to writing of this serious magnitude.
In case they do not know or they might have forgotten, or distorted Lere Local Government history, Lere Local Government and all the indigenous ethnic nationalities existent in it do not share any language, cultural, traditional and customary similarities with the Zazzau Hausa Ethnic group; except that of the Religious participation which was the exclusive decision, and opinion of the individual to opt for or not to opt for.
1.Norhtern Senatorial Zone & Lere LGA:
Putting these records becomes necessary, because of the distortion of information contained in the “The Matters Arising”. Kaduna State, before its creation in 1976, was the capital of North Central State from 1967-1976.
It is on record that the creation of Kaduna State at that time was the decision of the then military government in power. It was in same year of 1976 that SAMINAKA Local Government was created, until 1994, when it was changed to Lere Local Government by Gov. Mohammed Dabo Lere.
It is on record that the change was never a product of democratic process or referendum as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution, but a product of opportunistic act driven by selfish desire akin to military dictatorship. It is in record that under the then provincial government between 1956-1970, Kachia Province was made up of the following: Zangon-Kataf, SAMINAKA, Kauru, Kagarko and Chukun. While Jema`a Federation was comprise of Moro`a, Kagoro, Kafanchan, Kagoma, Jaba, Gidan-Waya, Fadan-Ayu, Godogodo areas.
It is also on record that until the creation of Saminaka Local Government under North Central State in 1976 that Jema`a Federation and Kachia Province ceased to exist, by the then military administration of Brig. Gen. Abba Kyari (an indegine of Borno State), thereby shifting the responsibilities and powers to Zaria Province, and ensure that all Districts and villages from SAMINAKA, Kauru, Chawai, Zangon-Kataf, Kachia, Kagarko, down to Ikara and Giwa, Basawa, Hunkuyi including Lere settlement villages, were made under Zaria. Of course; the reason behind the action was to promote and empower leadership to the Hausa extraction as a birth right, and to retain power over and above other ethnic nationalities in their land of heritage.
2.Evolution of Lere Local Government Area:
The claims made by the Lere Consultative Forum, about the evolution of Lere Local Government, should be regarded as a group of individuals driven by poverty of knowledge and lacks historical background. It is on record that the change of name from SAMINAKA to Lere Local Government was never done in the interest of political, and economic prosperity, but was the handwork of a group of individuals with myopic thinking and share demonstration of opportunism, who used their connections under the military fashioned democracy at that time to smuggle the name Lere in to the Nigeria Constitution, a gross violation of democracy process, principle of fairness, equity and Justice, thereby denying the good people of SAMINAKA LOCAL GOVERNMENT the opportunity to express their Constitutional rights and or, to make input in a form of referendum.
We wish to emphasize here that since then, this local government has not witnessed any institutional or economic development that impact on the enormous potentials of the people. The emphasis of Zazzau Emirate and Birnin Gwari Emirates as strongly contained in the submission made by Kaduna Elders Consultative Forum and supported by the various consultative groups also explain the determination of this group of individuals that; the expired monarchy system of ruler-ship is the most appropriate for them; less they forget that Lere LGA Chiefdoms (Kurama, Saminaka, Lere and Piriga) were created to curb the pressure from the indigenous ethnic settlements of the LGA in line with southern Kaduna definition and demand.
It is on record that AKURMI (Kurama) in SAMINAKA, Capital of Lere Local Government Area, constitute the largest indigenous ethnic nationality. The various census documents from colonial to post colonial administrations, up to the creation of SAMINAKA LOCAL GOVERNMENT in 1876, and other population exercises still remain valid.
It is on record that on creation of chiefdoms in Lere Local Government Area, Kayarda a Hausa settlement community is in the center of AKURMI (KURAMA Chiefdom) is answerable to Saminaka chiefdom. So also, Mariri which is Kurama land is now a district answerable to Lere Chiefdom as against Piriga Chiefdom. This information is necessary to correct the distortion and manipulation of history as contained in the document made available by the Lere Consultative Forum.
It is therefore important to also let all Nigerians, particularly the two chambers of the national Assembly in Abuja, committees saddled with the responsibilities of collating the views and imputes of all citizens of Nigeria on the Constitutional Review exercise, including Kaduna State House of Assembly to note that all the claims in the issues presented and submitted by the Kaduna Elders Consultative Forum, stating as a support for the creation of new Kaduna State is a fallacy and aim at promoting and protecting the Hausa migrants from the neighbouring states of Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, Bauchi, and even Zazzau who were accommodated in Akurmi land are intentional errors or a total ignorance of language, culture, tradition and history.
3. Composition of new Kaduna State:
Looking at the composition for the demand for the creation of New Kaduna State, one wonders if the composition actually is a true reflection of the yearnings and aspirations of the people. The submission does not address what may be considered as developmental issues that will impact on the socio-political, economic and human capital programmes that are key to growth and stability that will affect the well being of the people they claim to represent rather, the emphasis is on promoting the Zazzau Emirate.
Other issues of concern is, why are agitators of new Kaduna State insisting on the Gbagyi`s Chikun Local Government Area and Kaduna Central? Is it that they are afraid of the Hausa loosing protection? Or is it that they never realize that there are Hausa in Kauru, Saminaka, Kajuru, and Chikun, and that they forgot to include it in the earlier submission made? Or did they just wake up suddenly from slumber? They need to understand that democracy is all about freedom, equity and justice for all citizens devoid of creed, religion or tribe.
4. On Concern Indigenes of Akurmi (kurama) Chiefdom:
The concerned indigenes of Akurmi (Kurama) Chiefdom as captured in their write up and stand for new Kaduna State, did that in deliberate ignorance and absence from the procedures, meeting and resolutions of the entire Akurmi people under its leadership. These “Concerned indigenes of Akurmi (Kurama) Chiefdom” are a composition of negligible few in Akurmi (Kurama) Chiefdom who for one flimsy reason or the other have decided to be on their own. Any accepted dealings with them holds no substance.
The memorandum they presented to the North West Sub-Committee of the senate committee at its public hearing held at Sokoto on 15th November, 2012 claiming support to the demand for the creation of new Kaduna State should be disregarded and discountenanced because it does not carry any meaning in Kurama Chiefdom nor the entire Akurmi people who are in all the four Chiefdoms of Piriga, Lere, Saminaka and Akurmi. Therefore, the so called people of Akurmi referred to in the Memorandum submitted by these individuals from Akurmi (Kurama) Chiefdom acted on their own misdirection without contact and consent of the leadership of the entire Akurmi (Kurama) as a people. Therefore, their write up must be discountenanced and made of no relevance by the North West Sub-Committee of the senate on the amendment of 1999 Constitution.
The Akurmi Traditional Council headed by the Chief of Akurmi (HRH, Dr. Ishaku Sabo Damina) must not be blamed, disturbed nor be distracted from carrying out his assigned role of the Chief Custodian of the Akurmi(Kurama) Language, Customs, Tradition and Culture. Any matter that has to do with the unity, welfare, peaceful co-existence and development of the entire Akurmi as a people; please consult with the Federated Akurmi (Kurama) Association. It is the only recognized and accepted body that administers such issues.
FEDERATED AKURMI (KURAMA) ASSOCIATION`S STAND:
We call on the North West Sub-Committee on the review of 1999 Constitution to please refer to our submission and stand under the corporate Memorandum Submission made by the Gurara State Creation Movement and the submission and contributions made during the House of Representatives peoples` public Session on the review of 1999 Nigerian Constitution dated 10th November, 2012. Refer also to earlier submissions made to the Committee set up by Kaduna State in September, 2012 “on peace and reconciliation”, and in July 2008 on “the Delineation of Constituencies” in Kaduna State. Refer also to the submission made on Gurara-Mariri crisis of 2005 under the Ahmed Makarfi leadership.
All of these submissions made earlier, did not leave any one in doubt as to the stand and resolve of the entire Akurmi people to Gurara State as proposed.
For any decision to be made on key sensitive issues that bothers on the people of Akurmi, the following should be observed:
-History of the people and their land.
-Consult with the relevant body in Akurmi land.
-Respect the culture, beliefs and tradition of the people.
-Elected political officers must consult objectively with the people in all matters.
”if you do not know your history you will not know where you are coming from”
“Truth is an open wound only conscience can heal it”
This is our position and stand as people of Kurama.
Humbly submitted and dully signed on behalf of Akurmi (kurama people):
FEDERATED AKURMI ASSOCIATION:
(J B Ladan)
BGWAN KURMI (Kurama Chiefdom)
Dr. Ishaku Sabo Damina.