Why I turbaned transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi – Emir of Daura

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Alhaji Faruk Umar, Emir of Daura, on Saturday, said he appointed Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, as Dan Amanar Daura (Trusted son of Daura) in his palace for his “dedication to the development of his emirate and Nigeria”.

Faruk said he did not turban Amaechi “because the minister gave him money but to reciprocate the minister’s gesture to the emirate.”

The Emir said people like Amaechi deserved a traditional title in the Emirate “because they have proven reliable”.

Recall that Daura is the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We are Muslims and our religion allows us to respect those who respect us. If I turban anyone, it’s not because he gave us money or we want something from that person, we turban people irrespective of their religion or tribe.

“You are living witnesses that we have turbaned a lot of people in this country and even beyond. You know that we don’t do what we do for monetary gain,” the monarch said while conferring on Amechi, Dan Amanar Daura, in his palace at Daura, Katsina State on Saturday.

He added, “I would like to remind you that the good things the minister brought to this emirate are countless, but we’ve seen the University of Transport Technology that he has cited here, we’ve seen the railway that has been cited here to the Niger Republic. Because of that rail line, we will have a station here where our people’s business will progress.”

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