The Tangale people in Gombe State said they do not recognize Mal. Danladi Mai Shanu as their paramount ruler, Mai Tangle.
They stated that no amount of cajoling, bribery, or divide-and rule tactic will change their stand.
They insisted that their tribal identity cannot be trampled upon by anyone or their stooge (s).
They also noted that no amount of hostility against the Tangale Christians and Muslims would stop them from guaranteeing the rights of their people to observe their religious festivities.
The General Secretary, Tangale Community Overseas, TCO, Lamela Umaru Lakorok, in a statement, explained that Mal. Danladi Mai Shanu is not the Mai Tangle.
The people explained, “The Tangale people have shown that their tribal identity cannot be trampled upon by anyone or their stooge (s). Mal. Danladi Mai Shanu is not the Mai Tangle, and no amount of cajoling, bribery, or divide-and-
rule tactic will change that.”
According to the statement, the Tangale people had advised him in the past, that if he truly loved Tangale, he should not agree to be a puppet of his master, Inuwa.
The statement added, “His disregard of the choice of the people he daydreams to rule shows he is not interested in anything but causing chaos in Tangale land and the destruction of the people’s way of life, customs, and traditions.
“His recent laughable attempt to form a Caretaker committee for Tangale Community Development Association (TCDA) shows his ignorance of the Association and its constitution.”
The statement explained that people are making the statement to the public regarding the ongoing crisis in Tangale land and invite the world to pay attention to the humanitarian crisis invented by the Governor of Gombe State, Mr. Inuwa Yahaya.
It explained that the Tangale community has been under curfew for the past three weeks since the election of Dr. Musa I. Mai Yamba as the Mai Tangle.
It lamented, “The irrational and indiscriminate arrests of young men and women, including one of our traditional kingmakers, are proofs that the governor is out of control in the abuse of powers invested in him by the electorate.”
The statement observed that the physical and psychological abuses endured by these people, including a nursing mother should disturb any rational person, pointing out that there is a nursing mother among the people arrested on the flimsy accusation of violence in the streets.
The statement stated that over the last four weeks, they have seen and tasted the hospitality and kindness of the Tangale people, stressing that they are welcome to live among the people and move their families to Tangale land anytime they wish.
The Tangale people said their concern is for justice to prevail and reign in Gombe State, saying that for that to happen, they seek to make clear to the world that the Magistrate of Gombe State High Court has denied bail or hearing for the tens of people arrested without charges for the last three weeks.
They noted that this human rights violation is unacceptable, assuring that they would continue to call the attention of the International Criminal Court and Human Rights organizations regarding the human rights abuse happening in Gombe State under the leadership of Governor Inuwa Yahaya who is bent on starting a genocide in Gombe South.
The statement noted that Good Friday and Easter Monday are two days in observance of the sacred event, Christians in Tangale land would go to the hills before sunrise on Easter Monday as has been their tradition over the years.
They noted that there is no one threatening anyone with violence or disrespect in any way, and therefore, failed to see the rationale for the ongoing curfew in their land.
They noted, “We intend to worship God as a constitutional right of all Nigerians. Right after the Easter holidays, Muslims in Tangale land will join others around the world to observe the Fast of Ramadan.
“The fact that they will need to run errands and provide meals for their families before sunrise and after sunset naturally requires that they break the curfew imposed by Governor Inuwa Yahaya.”