By Aplefe Ojong
The over one year feud that created tension between the Hausa and Fulani communities in Calabar Metropolis has finally been laid to rest as the Ndidem of the Quas yesterday confirmed substantive head for both groups.
The Ndidem of the Quas and Paramount Ruler of Calabar Municipality, His Majesty, Ndidem Patrick Inok Oqua Agbor (V) confirmed Alhaji Sani Baba Gombe and Alhaji Salisu Sarki Lawal, as the first substantive heads of Hausa/Fulani Community under Calabar Municipal Council and Calabar South respectively.
The Ndidem disclosed that onward, both the Hausa/Fulani communities of Calabar South and Calabar Municipality will operate as separate autonomous entities under their respective host LGA’s.
The Paramount Ruler, made the pronouncement yesterday in his Palace to end the over one year feud between leaders of the two communities.
In a chat with CrossRiverWatch the royal father charged the communities to maintain the existing political boundaries, rally around their people, ensure peaceful coexistence, tolerance and respect for laws of the State, Local Government and ensure that their allegiance is first to the Qua people.
In his words: “Although, you may wish to form an apex body to bring all Hausa leaders together, for the common good and development of the State, such synergy will depend on agreement by the respective representatives of Hausa/Fulani across the state”, he stressed.
Adding that, “For now, we have not officially received any information on the formation of any apex body, but for now, you are to limit yourself to welfare and security of your different communities and avoid transcending into areas you do not legally cover”.
The Ndidem further tasked both heads to be responsible by bearing both positive and negative consequences of heading people from different States of the North under their watch.
He also warned them not to arrogate excessive powers to themselves, stressing that their role is that of liaising between their people and the certificated traditional leaders of the Quas.
He appreciated the solidarity given to his predecessor by the Hausa’s and their presence during his inauguration as the new Ndidem in Council.
In their reactions, the head of Hausa/Fulani for Calabar Municipality, Alhaji Sani Baba Gombe and his Calabar South counterpart, Alhaji Salisu Sarki Lawal, appreciated the Ndidem for the bold steps taken to bring peace between them and pledged to operate in consonance with the dictates of the Ndidem and his respective Ntoe’s.
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