The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Monday bestowed the traditional title of Matawallen Sokoto on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abubakar announced the title at the turbanning ceremony of 21 new District Heads recently appointed by Gov. Aliyu Wamakko.
According to the Sultan, the title will be formally bestowed on Tambuwal at a later date.
“This is in appreciation of the credible style of leadership of the Speaker at the House of Representatives.
“It is also in recognition of the sterling contributions of Tambuwal to sustainable peace and unity of Nigeria,” he added.
Abubakar warned the new district heads to steer clear of politics, urging them to carry everybody along.
“You should discharge your duties diligently; employ your wealth of experience to complement the efforts of the government and the Sultanate council of Sokoto.
“You should also give priority to the welfare, security and the socioeconomic prosperity of the people,” the Sultan charged them.
Abubakar urged the district heads to always be guided by the fear of God in the discharge of their duties.
“This position is bestowed on you based on merit and sequel to the absolute trust reposed in you,” he said.
The Sultan commended Wamakko for creating the new districts, saying that the gesture would help in bringing government closer to the grassroots.
NAN reports that the event was attended by Tambuwal and his colleagues from the state.
Former President Shehu Shagari was also among several dignitaries, who attended the event. (NAN)