Last weekend, the Zaar/Sayawa people of Bauchi State organized a one-day rally in the state’s Tafawa Balewa town to ask God for help in realizing the long-sought Zaar/Sayawa chiefdom.
After years of fighting for self-determination, the Zaar Youth Development Association (ZAYODA), bemoaned that despite being lawful residents of Bauchi State, successive administrations had failed or refused to address their plight. The theme was titled “Be Involved and Say the Truth.”
Ga’Allah Daniel, National Chairman of ZAYODA, said during the gathering on the Pusji (black stone) mountain: “After waiting for a very long time, even after Justice Babalakin’s Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations from almost 31 years ago, the government needed to recognize the sacrifices of his people and actualize the chiefdom in the spirit of justice and fairness.
We want justice, equity, and fairness; as citizens of Bauchi State, we have a constitutional right to share the same things as our fellow citizens from other parts of the state. We are sick of political promises; let them fulfill their obligations.
Ga’Allah urged his kinsmen to persevere and carry on the movement calmly and peacefully, urging politicians to stop exploiting it as a tool to get votes. He expressed hope that one day, God will hear their prayers.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of ZAYODA, Tafawa Balewa branch, Emmanuel Iliya, who recalled that the Sayawa Chiefdom was created in 2011, said the youths decided to set aside a day for prayers and to remind the government of the need for its actualisation.