Following the conferment of a chieftaincy title on Femi Fani-Kayode, a one time Minister of Aviation, by the Emir of Shinkafi, Alhaji Muhammad Isah Makwashe, social media has gone awash with outrage over such a move.
Fani-Kayode was given the title “Sadaukin Shinkafi.”
But many are not okay with the decision of the Traditional ruler to do so, with some citing Fani-Kayode’s constant criticism of everything Islam, the North and of their culture in general.
Also, a statement issued by the Zonal Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Alhaji Sani Gwamna Mayanchi said,“One would wonder why a staunch hater of the Hausa/Fulani Muslim north suddenly changed and became a spokesperson or image maker of a Sharia state in the country.”
“This is an insult and a slap on the faces of the good people of Zamfara State, the north and Muslims in general for the state government to invite a renowned hater of Sharia and the entire Muslims to the shari’a state, where 100% of its population are Hausa/Fulani Muslims.
“Politics should not limit and confine our love of our religion and heritage within narrow and shallow angle.
“It shouldn’t allow a rascal, irresponsible, as well as established hater of its people to mingle and benefit from the common wealth of those he hates because of politics.
“It is indeed, very sad for an emir who is supposed to be the custodian and defender of his people’s heritage and faith.
“But he ends up being the first destroyer of that heritage,” the statement read.
However, the special Adviser to Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle, said the state government had nothing to do with the decision.
He said it was the decision of Shinkafi Emirate Council to confer the title on the former minister.