Taraba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has described the Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi Kuvyon ll as an embodiment of humility and unequaled vision.
Governor Darius Ishaku said this on Thursday at the Exco Chamber of Government House Jalingo, when the Aku led other prominent sons and daughters of Kwararafa kingdom, particularly, those of Wukari extraction to appreciate the Government and people of the state for the wonderful support it received during the 40th anniversary celebration of the Aku Uka on the throne, making him one of the longest lived monarch of the Wukari kingdom.
Darius Ishaku maintained that his humble and humane nature has positioned Wukari strategically as the citadel of learning in Taraba State with three Universities to his credit, the Federal University Wukari, Kwararafa University and National Open University apart other positive impact that Wukari chiefdom is enjoying today.
He suggested to the Aku to work towards liaising with one of the Universities in his domain to focally place Agriculture as a priority in its curriculum considering the fact that Wukari and indeed the Southern part of the State is a very fertile ground for Agricultural activities so that people of the area would begin to reap the benefits of modern farming techniques to ensure food sufficiency in the area, the State and the entire country.
The Governor called on sons and daughters of Wukari to emulate the good attributes of the Aku for development to thrive in the area, particularly, in the areas of Peace, Education and Agriculture to consolidate on the gains so far made under his reign.
Governor Darius Ishaku appreciated the the Aku and his entourage for coming to say thank you, but however said, he is the one that should be thanking the Aku for standing by him and always giving sincere and candid advice whenever he needed it and for always being there whenever things are difficult, describing the monarch as a rare gift to the people of Wukari and indeed the state.
Darius Ishaku tasks the people of Wukari to cultivate the spirit of peace, hard work and harmonious coexistence at all times, saying that no society progresses in isolation or in an atmosphere of hostility and charged them to ensure that peace takes premium for the council area to forge ahead.
He maintained that he is working very hard to ensure that there is perfect synergy among the three arms of Government, the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary, stressing that, with absolute harmony among them, the state will record more successes and informed the Aku that the state Greenhouse has started functioning and said very soon other areas would be explored for the benefits of the state.
The Governor appreciated the Aku and his council for honouring him with a tittle of Aken-Pyu of Kwararafa kingdom, which literally means, “the Ambassador of Peace”.
Earlier in his speech, the Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi Kuvyon ll, said he and his people are in Government House Jalingo to show their appreciation and to sincerely thank the Governor, members of Taraba state House of Assembly and other well meaning Tarabans for the honour done to him and the people of his domain during the celebration of his 40th anniversary on the throne, adding that, it shows the love and respect that he has for traditional institutions in the state.
He told the Governor that the entire sons and daughters of Wukari, the council elders, his humble self and family are grateful for the good gesture shown to the chiefdom during the period of the 40th anniversary celebration, saying that the occasion recorded huge success as a result the support and assistance of the state Government.
The Royal father equally used the opportunity to praised Taraba state Government for working relentlessly in restoring and returning peace to Ibi, Wukari and its environs, buttressing that, today Wukari is experiencing calm as a result of his commitment to peace and peaceful coexistence in the state.
The Paramount ruler of Wukari stated that his goodwill and unique gesture will not go unnoticed and which prompted the Wukari traditional Council to honour him with the title of Aken-Pyu of Kwararafa, meaning the Ambassador of Peace of Kwararafa kingdom and also informed the Governor that all activities during the celebrations have been documented for the purpose of history.
During the thank you visit, a book tittled ‘’40 years Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi Kuvyon ll, an autobiography of the 24th Aku of Wukari’’, which captures the life and times of the present Aku, the founding of Wukari in 1596, the history of the two brothers, Dikko and Sambo and their sister Nana Kaltume, origin of the Jukuns was presented to the Governor.
The overview of the book was briefly read and presented to the Governor by Barr. Danjuma Adamu, former Managing Consultant and CEO of Nigeria Sunrise Newspaper and present Chairman of Taraba State Broadcasting Service TSBS, Governing Council.
Reading further, Barr. Danjuma Adamu mentioned that in 1976 he was appointed the Paramount ruler of Wukari when it was still a second class graded traditional institution, it was later upgraded to the first class during his reign in 1982 and is the current Chairman Council of Chiefs Taraba state.
Also contained in the overview was that, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi is the current Chancellor University of Dutse, former Chancellor Federal University Technology Owerri, holds two honorary Doctorate degrees, a Commander of the Order of Niger CON, the maintenance of the core values of the culture of the Jukuns as well as working assiduously towards peace in the entire state and the development of Education.
It was also revealed in the overview that he actively participated in the boundary adjustment between the Tivs and Jukuns among many other lives touching activities in his 40 years as the Paramount ruler of Wukari.