Tangale Community Overseas (TCO) has called on their kingsmen in Gombe State to remain united and law-abiding as they celebrate Christmas in the area.
In a statement issued by the TCO Secretary General, Lamela Umaru Lakorok, the people are urged to continue living peacefully, emphasizing that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace.
According to the group, the story of Christmas began over 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, where the greatest gift of a newborn King was given to mankind in demonstration of God’s love to the world.
The Secretary General reminded the people of the many wonderful blessings they enjoy as Tangale people and the responsibility they have to support each other.
“Therefore, whatever we do during the celebrations, let us remember to demonstrate God’s love and share with others who are in need,” the group said.
“Unfortunately, for the third time, the Tangale people are celebrating Christmas without a traditional ruler, following the decision of the Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya, not to endorse the choice of the Tangale people, Dr. Musa Idris Maiyamba, whom the people have chosen through an election process by the Tangale kingmakers”
They also claimed that the governor has ensured the continuous incarceration of seven innocent Tangale youth without trial or bail for three years on trumped-up charges over the protests that erupted during the Mai Tangale saga.
The group further added that they are not deterred; they remain resolute in their position not to recognize the stooge planted in Tangale land by the state governor because he has no place among them.
“We call on all Tangale people to remain law-abiding but continue to ignore the stooge occupying the Palace of Mai Tangale in Poshiya,” the group said.