First class monarch dies in Kaduna

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The Etsu Chikun, Dr. Danjuma Barde, a first class traditional ruler in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state is dead. He was said to have died in the early hours of Wednesday at the 44, Nigerian Army Referral Hospital Kaduna, following an illness.
President of the Gbagyi Development Association (GDA), Mr. Peter Aboki confirmed the death of the traditional ruler in a telephone chat with AmazingTimes .
“Yes we loss our traditional ruler, he been having some health challenges. He died in the early hours of today, at 44, Army hospital”, Aboki said.
The late traditional ruler was promoted a first class chief in November 2018, after Governor Nasir El-Rufai changed the name of his Chiefdom from “Gbagyi Chiefdom” to “Chikun Chiefdom.”
The governor also changed the title of the traditional ruler from “Sa Gbagyi” to “Etsu Chikun”, saying the changes were in accordance with government policy that anchors the authority of traditional leaders on territory, not tribe.
However, the name changed had not gone down well with the Gbagyi ethnic nationality, who have continued to insist that it is an attempt to distort their history and culture.

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