By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab
Concerns mount in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital over the delay in the appointment of new Maigari.
National Watch reports that since the transition of late Maigari of Lokoja, Alhaji (Dr) Mohammodu Kabir Maikarfi 111, the process for the appointment of new one has not been concluded.
The inability of the Kogi State government to announce new monarch after the transition of the last occupant of the stool has generated concerns among the residents of the community.
Though sources close to the Maigari palace revealed that the kingmakers have screened the candidates.
A resident, Alhaji Musa Usman described the delay in the selection process as a source of concern for residents.
Usman who expressed worry over the inability to have a new Maigari of Lokoja seven months after the demise of the late monarch lamented that; “it is unusual for the people of Lokoja to celebrate Sallah without a Maigari who communities pay homage to during the festival.
He said, “ Everything is in the hands of Governor Yahaya Bello. He is the one delaying it.
“The governor should rise to the occasion. Like he found solution to the quagmire over Atta Igala succession dispute using his sagacity and forbearance, let him apply the same to Maigariship tussle in Lokoja so we can move forward”.
Meanwhile, a source from the Maigari palace told National Watch that everything was being determined by the kingmakers and the state government.
He said, “The process is still on. It’s not being delayed at all. Or do you think the vacant stool of Maigari is a stool of Hakimi? We are talking of a stool occupied by a the Chairman, Lokoja Traditional Council. It is on the table of the kingmakers and the government now”.
Another resident, Dauda Jibril Momoh while speaking, called on the government and kingmakers to complete the selection process quickly.
“The residents are worried. We don’t want the situation to be too long. We are waiting for the announcement of the new Maigari of Lokoja. We want the people involved to expedite action”.