The main organising committee for the coronation of the 29th Hama Bachama, Dr Daniel Shaga Ismaila has asked all and sundry to ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocol by ensuring the use of face masks and social distancing during the occasion.

Chairman of the main organising committee, Chief Joel Madaki made the call while briefing newsmen at the NUJ press centre, Yola.

Chief Madaki said the committee has observed with concern the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is making necessary plans to ensure strict adherence to the protocols.

” As we prepare for the coronation ceremony of the 29th Hama Bachama, I call on all sons and daughters of the Bachama Kingdom, homa and in diaspora, neighbours and well-wishers of the Bwatiye race to come out en masse to grace this colourful ceremony. During the occasion, we should not be oblivious of the fact that we have enters the second wave of the COVID-19 and it is real. Therefore, I plead with all and sundry to observe the COVID-19 protocol especially as regards to the use of face masks and social distancing during the occasion.” He said.

Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri had on 12th November approved December 23rd date for the coronation and presentation of the official staff of office to the newly installed Hama Bachama after the sudden demise of the late Col. Irmiya Honest Stephen.

The occasion is expected to be attended by sons, daughters and well wishers of the Bachama kingdom both at home and in diaspora.

Chief Madaki therefore called on all and sundry to maintain peace and order during and after the occasion as well as extend a hand of fellowship to all visitors.

” The Bwatiye race are known for their peace and hospitality. This occasion is an opportunity to change the negative narrative bestowed on our people by those who view us from a different perspective.

” The Bwatiye race has a rich cultural heritage and the coronation ceremony calls for its display to the admiration of our teeming visitors. It is upon this premise therefore, that I call upon all District Heads and Title holders of the Bachama Traditional Council, sons and daughters of the Bwatiye race to come out well dressed in their Bwatiye a traditional outfit,” he stressed.