Former Nigeria’s Vice President and the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has been formally turbaned the seventh Waziri of Adamawa. The position of Waziri makes the former vice president next to the Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo, in the hierarchy in the emirate.
Speaking at the occasion, the Lamido of Adamawa, said Atiku was honoured with the title of Waziri because of his immense contributions to the development of Nigeria, particularly Adamawa State, where his impact was felt in various sectors.
“Atiku has also contributed greatly to unifying the people of Adamawa and providing useful advice to the emirate.
“The position of Waziri, which is the highest in the council puts him in charge of administration of the emirate and is given to people who are educated, honest and God fearing. It’s not hereditary and can go to anyone who deserves it.”
While urging the new Waziri to continue to carry everyone along and unite the people of Adamawa for more development, Barkindo urged all other traditional title holders to and cooperate with the new Waziri.
This was even as President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated Atiku for the esteemed position given him and wished him a successful reign. The President was represented by the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammadu Musa Hello.
Also former President Olusegun Obasanjo commended the Lamido for upgrading Atiku from Turaki to Waziri, adding that Atiku would surely not disappoint the emirate.
“I assure you that he will carry out his tasks with dignity, respect, honour and you will be proud of him.”
In his acceptance speech, Atiku expressed gratitude to God for the honour and thanked the Lamido and Nigerians for his various achievements in life.
The ceremony was attended dignitaries from within and outside the country, including Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, former President Goodluck Jonathan, his vice Namadi Sambo as well as governors of Gombe, Taraba, Sokoto and Bayelsa states.