- Lauretta Onochie has launched verbal attacks on Chief Femi Fani-Kayode over a chieftaincy title given to him
- Fani-Kayode was recently given a chieftaincy title in Zamfara state, a decision which sparked outrage in the north
- The presidential aide said Fani-Kayode's acceptance of the title suggests he has no integrity
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Presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie has launched verbal attacks on Chief Femi Fani-Kayode over a chieftaincy title given to him recently in Zamfara state.
Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, bagged the traditional title of Sadaukin Shinkafi in Zamfara state recently.
In conferring, the title of the Osun-born politician, the Emir of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammad Makwashe said the title was conferred to the former minister following his support and contributions to the development of Shinkafi emirate.
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The move, however, sparked outrage in some sections of northern Nigeria, with many saying the former minister's comments on political issues shows he is anti-north.
To further buttress the outrage, some holders of the chieftaincy title in the Shinkafi Emirate Council have resigned their appointment.
We view this conferment against the functions and ideals of traditional councils such as contribution to the development of administration, economic policy, security, culture, customs, religious dispute and general well-being of the citizens, the chiefs wrote in a letter to the monarch.
Kebbi state First Lady, Zainab S-Bagudu who is a daughter of the emirate, shared a copy of the letter on her Twitter page.
Reacting to the contents of the letter, Onochie went off on him and tagged him on the micro-blogging site.
Fani-Kayode is yet to respond as at the time this report was filed.
But speaking earlier on the title, Fani-Kayode said: “l am a firm believer in the unity of the country and will never hate any part of the country or the faith of other people.
“On the issue that I am anti-north, no I am not. I am anti-hegemony, I am anti-injustice, I am anti-mass murder, I am anti-ethnic cleansing, I am anti-genocide, I am anti-anything that seeks to enslave, destroy or crush the people.”
He described Zamfara state governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, as a bridge-builder who has brought peace and stability to the state.
“My friend Matawalle has brought to his land, he has brought peace to his people, he has built bridges across the states, he has built bridges across the country,” he said.
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