The Shinkafi Emirate Council has said that the chieftaincy title conferred on Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister of Aviation, by the Emir Of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammad Makwash is irrevocable and irreversible.
The Wambai Shinkafi, Dr. Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi, who spoke on behalf of the Emirate said the titles are conferred on deserving individuals and warned politicians not to bring ethnicity and religion into the matter.
“Femi Fani-Kayode is not the only non-Muslim to bag a title from the North, it is worthy of note that several northern traditional rulers had conferred titles on southerners like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was conferred with Chieftaincy title of Yallaban Sokoto, Chief Rochas Okorocha Danjekan Sokoto, Senator Orji Uzo Kalu Wakilin Anka, and former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who was conferred with the Garkuwan Manoman Zamfara.
“Others include Barrister Solomon Dalung conferred with Magayakin Bukkuyyum; Sen David Mark as Jarumin Kaura Namoda; Senator Victor Umeh as Jagaban Shinkafi; the APC leader, Bola Tinubu has also bagged such title with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. Why is FFK’s title different?
“There is no hatred between Muslims and Christians or northerners and southerners but some people who want to ignite hatred are reading political meaning to it. He was chosen so that we can foster unity. He served as a minister and represented the whole of Nigeria,” he said.
Some titleholders in the Emirate had resigned last week in protest to the Sadaukin Shinkafi title which was conferred on the former Minister. They called on the Emir to withdraw the title or resign.