Noah Ebije, Kaduna
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El Rufai, has elevated the Esu Chikun (formerly known as Sa Gbagyi), Dr. Danjuma Barde, to a first class chief.
El-Rufai said the elevation of the traditional ruler was informed by his contribution to peace promotion among the diverse population in the chiefdom, which falls within Kaduna metropolis.
A statement signed by the governor’s media aide, Samuel Aruwan, said, “Mallam Nasir El Rufai has approved the elevation of HRH Dr. Danjuma Barde, the Esu Chikun (previously known as Sa Gbagyi), to a first class chief. Barde was appointed Sa Gbagyi on December 29, 2000, and installed on January 18, 2001, as a third class chief. He was upgraded to a second-class chief in 2007.”
Congratulating the chief on his elevation, Mallam Nasir El Rufai said, “HRH Dr. Barde deserves this exceptional recognition for his role in promoting peace. The decision to upgrade the Chikun Chiefdom to first class status follows a recommendation to that effect by the Ministry of Local Government Affairs.
“The ministry, in a proposal signed by the Commissioner, Prof. Kabir Mato, noted HRH Dr. Barde’s contribution to peace and his active role as a bridge-builder among the ethnic groups in the chiefdom, a fact the government recently acknowledged in a letter of commendation to the chief.