The Zabarkano Association of Nigeria has called for the establishment of a National Minority Tribes Development Commission (NMTDC) in order to preserve the national heritage of the country and foster sustainable harmony.
At the inauguration of its national and state executives on Saturday in Abuja, the National President of the association, Alhaji Isa Sahabi-Bankanu, urged for the immediate establishment of the proposed commission through an executive bill sent to the National Assembly.
The Zabarkano Association is the umbrella of all Zarma/Zabarmawa associations in Nigeria, with Zarma being one of the most spoken languages in Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Niger States.
The proposed commission, according to Isa-Bankanu, will bolster national unity, cement the relationships between the various ethnic groups, and boost socio-economic prosperity of Nigeria.
Isa-Bankanu also commended the efforts of the Federal Government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, in keeping Nigeria as an indivisible nation.
He urged members of the association to unite and work for its progress and the facilitation of peace and unity in Nigeria.
The Secretary General of the association, Dr. Lawwal Sani-Kasgada, emphasized the peaceful coexistence of the Zabarma people with their fellow citizens and the importance of supporting the democratic values of the nation.
The Guest Speaker, Mr. Aliyu Ishaq-Lolo, urged the new leaders to build bridges of unity and give all members a sense of belonging.
The Traditional Ruler of the Zabarma people in Abuja, Alhaji Aminu Maizinari, described the members of the association as peace-loving, industrious, and patriotic.
The national leader of the association (Jagaban), Alhaji Murtala Hassan-Tela, cautioned members against involvement in criminal activities and any untoward behavior.
The event was attended by delegates from the 36 States and FCT, as well as Canada, Belgium, Sudan, Niger Republic, Ghana, Chad, and Saudi Arabia, among others, further emphasizing the importance of the proposed commission in fostering unity and cooperation among Nigeria’s diverse ethnic groups.