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Biu gets a new emir

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A new Emir of Biu, Borno State, has been appointed. He is Midala Mustapha Umar, the eldest son of the late emir, Alhaji Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu. Biu kingmakers were unanimous in nominating him. It is also remarkable that the mourning of the dead and the installation of his successor took place within two weeks and all went on without any rancor or acrimony. This was because all concerned approached issues maturely and prayed for peace, prosperity, and development under the reign of the new Emir as they also prayed for his well being.

Midala Mustapha Umar was born on June 20, 1970.

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He attended Biu Central Primary School from 1975 to 1981 after which he proceeded to Government Community Secondary School, Biu, in 1983 and later completed his secondary education at the Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Waka, Biu, in 1989. Midala Mustapha proceeded to pursue his tertiary education at the College of Administration and Business Studies, Potiskum, from 1995 to 1996.

He started his working career as a Clerical Assistant in the Finance Department, Biu Local Government in 1998. He was later appointed the District Head of the newly created Biu East District in 1999. While serving as District Head, he gained admission into the University of Maiduguri Consultancy Service Unit, where he read Business Education from 2010 to 2015. During his period as District Head, he received meritorious award of best polio ambassador by the World Health Organisation under the national polio eradication initiative by the Rotary International.

Midala Mustapha Umar attended a four-week training in Egypt on preventing radicalization and extremism leading to terrorism in Africa, organized by the Cairo Centre for Conflict Resolution, Peace-keeping, and Peace-building. He is happily married to wives and nine children.

His hobbies include horse riding, badminton, and basketball.

One pressing issue in terms of development is access roads to Biu.

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