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COVID-19 palliatives: Lagos Commissioner lied about giving us rice – Arewa chiefs

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The Arewa Council of Chiefs (ACC) in Lagos State says it has not received bags of rice from the Lagos State Government, warning people to refrain from using its name to carry out fraudulent activities.

ACC has slammed the Commissioner for Waterfront, Architect Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi, for allegedly claiming that the council had been given  ‘several tonnes’ of rice.

The council, in a statement by Alhaji Aliyu Bambado, the Galadiman of Lagos, asked the person who announced the purported delivery of rice to prove who mandated him to approach the state government on behalf of the Northerners in Lagos.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a social media information credited to four individuals (who, as close friends of his) received several tons of bags of rice from the Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront , Architect Ahmed Kabiru Abdullahi, purportedly on behalf of Northerners in Lagos.
“We wish to state  the Lagos State Council of Chiefs or precisely office of Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos has never delegated or nominated anyone to receive palliatives on behalf of Northerners in Lagos.

“The Council of Chiefs and office of Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos has not seen even a single grain of rice purportedly from either the Commissioner for Waterfront or the Lagos State Government

“The fellow who made the social media broadcast on the rice allocation needs to prove who mandated him to approach the Lagos State Government on behalf of Northerners, when the Lagos Council of Chiefs, to which the Sarkin Hausawa belongs was there as the legal and constitutionally recognized body of elders.

“Any attempt to use the name and office of the Lagos State Council of Chiefs or the office of Sarkin Hausawa for extortion will not be tolerated.”

ACC said it was totally unacceptable for any person or group of persons to indulge in cutting corners or going through the backdoor to do underhand deals capable of ridiculing the image and respectability of the office of Sarkin Hausawa.

“We therefore wish to issue stern warning to the Commissioner for Waterfront to be mindful of allowing his office to be used by shadowy groups of people, who have no legal or Constitutional recognition, as this would amount a  collaboration to defraud the government.

“We hope all stakeholders will join hands to stop this abhorrent attitude.

“We wish to reiterate that henceforth anyone found using the name of our respected traditional institution to take advantage of anything meant for public good will be made to face legal action.

“Most importantly, if the Lagos State Government wishes to convey anything that has to do with the legitimate rights of the Northerners resident in the State ( just like this lockdown palliative), it should reach out to the Council of Chiefs through the only known Sarkin Hausawa.

” We say this because anything worth doing is worth doing well, and the palliative is not a privilege but a right.

“As we once pointed out, the authentic Chairman of  Arewa Council of Chiefs, Lagos State is Alhaji Aminu Yaro Dogara and has  his Deputy, who is also the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos – Alhaji (Dr) Mohammed Bambado; and  Sarkin Hausawan Idi-Araba remains Alhaji Idris Haruna,” the statement said.

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