Brief history of the Emirate
The Adamawa Emirate was part of the Fulani Empire of 1809-1909. It was established in 1809 until it was disestablished on July 29, 1909. The capital is Yola. The Government before now was Monarchical. Baban-Lamido, Modibo Adama reigned from 1809 to 1847.
The Adamawa Emirate is a traditional state located in Fombina, an area which now roughly corresponds as areas of Adamawa and Taraba States, Nigeria, and previously also in the three Northern provinces of Cameroon (Far North). Present day Adamawa includes the minor parts of Western Chad and the Central African Republic. It was founded by Modibo Adama, a commander of Sheikh Usman dan Fodio, the man who began the Fulani Jihad in 1809. The capital of Adamawa was moved several times until it settled in Yola, Nigeria, on the banks of the Benue River around 1841. At the time of Adama’s death, his realm encompassed parts of modern Nigeria and much of present day Northern Cameroon. It was technically part of the Fulani Empire, and it had to pay tributes to the leaders in Sokoto.
Profile Of The 12th Lamido Of Adamawa
Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa, was born inYola on 14 February 1944. He attended Barewa College, Zaria, and then Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained a Diploma in law in 1969. He later attended North London Polytechnic (1973-1975) and St Clements University in the Tuks and Caicos Islands (2000-2002). He worked with the Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Ports Authority, and the National Freight Company. Joining the Gongola State Civil Service, he became a Commissioner for Works and later a Commissioner for Animal Health. Barkindo was a Director of the National Engineering and Technical Company (1991-1993), Chairman of Sterling Civil Engineering Nigeria Limited (1991-2003), and Chairman of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (2003-2005).
In April 2009 (the Emirate, which was founded in 1809 by the scholar and spiritual leader, Modibbo Adama), celebrated its bicentennial. Barkindo was the Deputy Chairman of the organising Committee. Aliyu Musdafa, the father of Barkindo died on 13 March, 2010, at the age of 88, after reigning as the Lamido for 57 years. His funeral was attended by 20 state Governors and other dignitaries across Nigeria. The late Lamido Aliyu Musdafa had groomed Barkindo for the succession, appointing him Chiroma Adamawa in 1980, and placing him in the Emirate Council in 1987. Bankindo’s appointment five days after the passage of his father as the 12th Lamido of Adamawa was recommended by the Emirate’s kingmakers after considering six candidates, two from each of the three ruling houses of the Emirate, made up of Yelwa, Sanda and Toungo. All the eleven kingmakers cast their votes in favour of Barkindo.
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