Sacking district, village heads has potential for crisis in Kaduna – APC Chieftain‎, Mataimaki Maiyashi

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The Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Akida, in Kaduna State, Mr. Mataimaki Tom Maiyashi, has said that governor El-Rufai-led government’s decision to scrap 4,766 Districts in the state has the potential of generating crisis.

According to Maiyashi, if government did not obey the court order restraining it from taking further action on the traditional institution, it would be a bad omen for the image of the state government.

He was speaking while reacting to the Kafanchan Court ruling which restrained Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai from sacking the Districts and Village Heads in the state.

The Kaduna State Government had implemented a recommendation of a committee that 4,766 Districts and village heads should be dropped.

The state government also said that it will only recognise 77 Districts and 1,429 villages that existed in the state before 2001.

“To have sacked 4,766 District/Village Heads in the State is disheartening. The process in which the government took to bring about this policy is not to the best interest of the general public.

“We knew there is going to be disenchantment, and our fears is that this thing should not degenerate to a level whereby it could create chaos and anarchy in the State.

“The proper thing that should be done has now been done. Those that are aggrieved with this policy has gone to court, which is the most civilised thing to do; it has now given room for government to have a second look on what it has done and maybe, modify its ways or do something else,” he explained.

“If government does not respect court order, it is invariably saying that any other person can take the law into his hands, and that will be a very dangerous precedent for the government.

“So, government should obey the court orders for the interest of the people, her image and integrity.

“We commend this process that has been taken, and we are appealing to the entire citizens of Kaduna State to take this thing calmly because it has the potential of degenerating into crisis.

“We also want to call on the traditional rulers to calm their people so as to ensure that peace prevails and let justice take its course to a logical conclusion,” Maiyashi advised.

He observed that with the court injunction restraining the government from sacking the District/Village Heads, they would now continue their normal official duties, while the court proceedings will continue until further court ruling.

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