A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation of Nigeria (SGF), Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmed has said that the greed and selfishness of the Northern elite is the cause of the region’s backwardness despite the its abundant human and natural resources.
Alhaji Ahmed stated this while chairing the coronation ceremony and presentation of Staff of office to the Emir of Deba, Alhaji Ahmad Usman Muhammad at his palace in Deba town over the weekend.
According to him, traditional rulers as well as traditional title holders in the North must put heads together to initiate policies that will bring back the good image the North was known for.
He describe as unfortunate, a situation where the North is seen as backward in all spheres of human endeavour even when it has intelligent persons that can propel the people and region to greater heights.
Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, who is also the Ajiyan Katagum in Bauchi state, said traditional title holders have a great stake in the effort to redeem the image of the North.
He said, “The traditional title holders and our traditional rulers must start initiating policies that will redeem our image, if not, the future looks bleak because our future generations will suffer, not only here in the North but in Nigeria.
Presenting the Staff of Office to the Emir, the Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, commended the people of Deba Emirate for their contributions towards the educational development of the State which he said, has placed them as a fountain of knowledge in the State.
He described the Emir, Ahmad Usman Muhammad, who ascended the throne as the second Emir of Deba on the 8th August, 2017, as a forthright person who has earned the respect of the people as a result of his integrity and dignity.
He said his Government has much respect for the traditional institution, which is the reason why they have been engaged in several aspects of the State’s administration.
In his acceptance speech, the Emir of Deba, Alhaji Ahmad Usman Muhammad who could not hide his joy over what has been done to him and the people of the Emirate said the honour done to them by eminent persons who came from far and near was highly appreciated.