The Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers has explained its decision to confer a chieftaincy title on Kano State Governor, Alhaji Umar Abdullahi Ganduje.
The Chairman of the Council, Eze Eberechi Dick, made the clarification in Aba on Tuesday, Vanguard reported.
According to Eze Dick, the council decided to honour the governor for protecting Igbos resident in Kano.
The traditional ruler particularly hailed Ganduje’s efforts to prevent reprisal attacks in Kano during the height of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) crisis.
Eze Dick however denied that the chieftaincy title had political undertones.
He revealed that the request to honour Ganduje was made by Ndigbo in Kano, and insisted that traditional rulers are non-partisan.
Eze Dick said that Ndigbo in Kano would use the chieftaincy title to thank Ganduje for protecting the Igbo community in his state.
He disclosed that Ganduje would be conferred with the chieftaincy title of Agu Na Eche Mba 1 of Ndigbo. The chieftaincy title means “Lion that protects Igbo people”.
The traditional ruler reiterated that the chieftaincy title has no political undertone but is mainly to appreciate Ganduje for his efforts for Ndigbo in Kano.