The State Government through the department of special services governor’s office has mandated the leadership of Hausa/Fulani community in the state to immediately write an apology letter to debunk the earlier trending ‘Emir of Calabar’ title on social media.
Speaking, while meeting with the leaders and stakeholders of Hausa/Fulani community in Calabar the state capital metropolis, the permanent secretary special services governor’s office Sir Alfred Mboto said on no account should any member of the public address any Hausa/Fulani leader as Emir in Cross River State as this is not acceptable in the state noting that the state is known for peace and tranquillity.
Sir Mboto stated that as at the time of the meeting, the publisher of the Facebook write up has not been identified while suing for peace amongst the people.
In separate speeches, the leader of Hausa/Fulani Muslim community in the state Alhaji Garba Lawan, the chief Imam, Imam Kabeer Olowdayemi and other leaders of Hausa/Fulani community in the state appreciated the permanent secretary special services governor’s office Sir Alfred Mboto for wading into the matter saying apologies will be tendered immediately as they are not sure of the publisher.
They pleaded that the scenario will not repeat itself as the community will remain law abiding to the state government.
Highlighting the resolution by the state government, the state security adviser (central) Mr Ransome Odey said amongst the resolutions are: No leader of the Hausa/Fulani community should be addressed as Emir.
No leader of the Hausa/Fulani community should have or be seen with palace guards no leader of the Hausa/Fulani community should be seen with men with swords. That the leadership of the Hausa/Fulani community must report to the state government any illegal activities around its environs.
Also speaking the special adviser to governor on chieftaincy Mr Adoga Ifob stated that on no account should the Hausa/Fulani community issue a chieftaincy tittle in the state as issuance of chieftaincy tittles is not part of their duties.
Also present at the meeting were the State Security Adviser North Mr Murphy Ntol, the State Security Adviser (south) Mr Henry Okokon amongst other security experts.