By Remi Johnson.
Ahead of 2022 Elections, the FCT Administration has admonished traditional rulers of the 17 Abuja graded Chiefdoms to ensure peace during and after the area councils election in the FCT.
Mandate Secretary, FCT Area Council Services Secretariat (ACSS), Ibrahim Abubakar Dantsoho warned that he would not hesitate to hold traditional leaders responsible for the breakdown of peace in their domains.
He urged graded chiefs to talk to their subjects and ensure that their was no loss of lives in their communities during the elections.
Dantsoho who noted that the government was not unmindful of the prevailing security challenges in the country, said the Chiefdoms cannot be left out of the quest to foster peace .
We urge you to preach peace to your people before, during and after the electioneering, so that we will continue to enjoy peace , that the FCT is known for. We want to continue to have relative peace within the FCT, as few months back most people found it difficult to travel through the Gwagwalada/Abaji/Lokoja road, because of the fear of the unknown, but ever since then, the government has been proactive in tackling the challenge of insecurity.”
Responding, Etsu of Yaba Chiefdom in Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Abdulahi Adamu advised politicians to ensure that they follow established law and order in the pursuit of their aspirations.
Adamu said : “What we want is peace with or without elections, because nothing can be done in the atmosphere of crisis .”
The paramount ruler however made a passionate appeal for continuous upgrading of status of graded chiefs in FCT, in order to ensure strategic progression of the traditional institutions.
Also, Etsu Wako Chiefdom, in Kwali, Abdulaziz Usman Ibrahim, decried the absence of a Police station and perimeter fencing of schools in the Chiefdom.
He also stressed the need to empower its teeming unemployed youth.