Mai Tangle Stool: Tangale people ask Gov. Yahaya to lift 4 months curfew


The Tangale Community Development Association (TCDA) has called on the Gombe State Government to lift the four-month old curfew imposed On Billiri Local Government Area of the state.

TCDA also said despite the curfew in place, “our men and women are being kidnapped at night”.

Daniel Maddo, member Board of Trustee of TCDA, flanked by other officials of the association, disclosed this in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, while briefing journalists.

“We urge the government of Gombe State to lift the longest curfew in Nigeria imposed on the Tangle people in Billiri Local Government since the 19th February, 2021.

“Sadly, under this curfew, our men and women are being kidnapped at night”, the group decried.

“We urged the government to always use legitimate and lawful security agencies to maintain law and order within Gombe State and avoid using ‘Yan Kalare’, hunters and other illegal vigilante groups”.

Saga Gist recalls that On the 11th of January 2021, the 15th Mai Tangle, HRH Abdu Buba Maisheru II died and was buried which led to permutations for who would succeed him.

Members of the ruling houses indicated interest and at the end of the day, 18 contestants emerged but the State government postponed the election process ostensibly to enable the Governor sign the Chieftaincy Law of Gombe State into law which was passed a long time ago but was not assented to until the death of Mai Abdu.

On February 15, 2021, the Tangle Kingmakers made up of nine people met and a selection was conducted on the 18 candidates that indicated interest out of which three people recorded votes.

The votes of the kingmakers showed that Dr. Musa Idris Maiyamba secured 5 votes, Danladi 2 votes and Ahmed 2 votes.

The Kingmakers accordingly handed over the result of the selection to the Deputy Governor who witnessed the process in company of the Commissioner for Local Government and chieftaincy Affairs.

Sadly, the Governor went ahead and installed the aforementioned (Mallam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba), despite just getting two votes, which has caused serious tension in the chiefdom.

The Group also called on the installed paramount ruler Mallam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba that in the interest of “peace, tranquillity and good governance”, to stop parading himself as the Mai Tangle (Paramount ruler of Tangle) in Biliri LGA of Gombe State.

The TCDA said in line with the chieftaincy law of the State and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), Dr Musa Idris Maiyamba is the duly “elected and recognised”, Mai Tangle.

“That Mallam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba (Danladi Maishanu) should stop parading himself as the Mai Tangle in the interest of peace, tranquillity and good governance.

According to him, “In line with the Chieftaincy law and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended); Dr Musa Idris Maiyamba is the duly elected and recognised 16th Mai Tangle.

The Group maintained that, if truly Mallam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba is from the Tangle extraction, he would have respected and followed the guidelines of tradition.

The TCDA further stated that, as a peace loving people, it has decided to approach the court in order to resolve the issues surrounding the Mai Tangle stool.

“The judiciary being the last hope of the common man, we hope it will rectify this great injustice done to Tangale people”, it stressed.

On inflammatory utterances of the governor of the state, TCDA said, “We hope the utterances of the Governor of Gombe State does not incite other groups against the Tangale nation as this could lead to genocide”.

However, the Tangale people said it will be approaching the court next week, as it was unable to do so due to the Judiciary workers strike.

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