By Hanan Ibrahim
The Lagos State Arewa Council of Chiefs have urged Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to warn the State Commissioner, Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Arc. Ahmed Kabir, against causing chaos among the Arewa Communities in Lagos.
Arewa communities in Lagos, according to the statement made available to pressmen by the Secretary General Lagos State Arewa Council of Chiefs, Sulaiman Bala Abdullahi, are known for peace loving people, but this illegal installation of Alhaji Ali Kabir Garba as Sarkin Hausa to pioneer the affairs of Hausa Communities in the state would likely generate mayhem if the state government failed to prevailed on it.
He said: “Ahmed Kabir, who claimed to represent his Excellency, the Lagos State Governor Sanwo-Olu illegally installated Alhaji Kabir Garba as Sarki Arewa Community which could likely caused mayhem and crisis within the community as it doesn’t go well with Hausas residing in the state.
“The Lagos State Arewa Council of Chiefs have unanimously disregard and condemned the illegal installation. Alhaji Kabir Garba, was imposed by Arc. Ahmed Kabir, described the act as illegal and condmenabale as the Arewa Community has an existing Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos in the person of HRH Alhaji Aminu Idris Yaro.
“Historically the father of Ali Kabir, Alhaji Kabiru Garba was installed as Sarkin Hausawa of Ebute Meta by Late HRH Alhaji Yaro Dogara (the then Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos) in 1988 and his elder brother late Sani Kabir who died recently was installed by Oloto of Oto as Sarkin Hausawa of Ebute Meta.
“HRH Oba Adesanya in 2008 installed Sani Kabir as Sarkin Hausawa of Ebute Meta, hence the Commissioner of waterfront has no any jurisdiction to install someone as Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos while the Hausa Community have already existing Sarkin Hausawa of Lagos in person of Alhaji Aminu Idris Yaro.
“The Hausa Community in Lagos are peace loving people, but this installation will escalate crisis within Community in Lagos and its environ.
“We are therefore urging the Lagos State Government to call it Commissioner of Waterfront, Ahmed Kabir to order who claimed to represent his Excellency, the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and involved himself into illegal installation of Sarki in the Arewa Community thereby causing mayhem and crisis within the community.” He added.