Taraba State: Two Monarchs Questionably Selected to end Disputed “Teekum” Stool as Ancestral Owners Object

Taraba State Governor, Agbu Kefas, has taken decisive steps to resolve the long-standing dispute over the traditional stool in Takum by appointing two third-class chiefs from Tsohon Takum and Gar Chamba. The crisis, dating back to 1996 following the demise of the last Ukwe Takum, Ali Kufang, had hindered the appointment of a successor for years, creating tension and impeding community development.

In response to the impasse, the state House of Assembly recently passed a bill for the rotation of the first-class stool, originally occupied by the Kutec, involving the Chamba, Jukun, and Ketep tribes. The appointment of these two third-class chiefs represents a significant effort by the government to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Takum and promote unity among its diverse communities.

The newly appointed chiefs, HRH Uhwe Bala Ephraim and HRH Barr. Sopiya Ahmadu Gboshi III, bring a wealth of experience and commitment to their respective communities. Their selection was based on nominations by the Takum traditional kingmakers and approved by Governor Kefas.

The government extends congratulations to the chiefs and calls on all stakeholders and residents to support their leadership, emphasizing collaboration towards fostering unity, preserving cultural values, and promoting socio-economic growth in Takum and across Taraba State.

Despite these positive steps, challenges remain as evident by the absence of the Kuteb tribe during the selection process. Their refusal to attend the meeting cites concerns over the potential erosion of their cultural heritage as the contested stool is originally theirs alone

IMAGE: DailyPost

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