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‘Bamalli’s appointment as Emir of Zazzau to redress 100 years injustice’


Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai (left); presenting the staff of office to the Emir of Zazzau, Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli in Zaria…yesterday

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-rufai, has declared that the appointment of Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli as the new Emir of Zazzau was an opportunity for the government to end 100 years of colonial injustice.

Bamali was installed Emir of Zazzau, yesterday, in Zaria amid controversies by top contenders to the throne, just as the Iyan Zazzau, Alhaji Bashir Aminu challenged Bamali’s enthronement in court.

But while presenting the staff of office to Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau, El-Rufai said the Emir’s grandfather, Aliyu Dan-Sidi, was unjustly deposed by the then colonial Governor of Northern Region, Herbert Symonds Goldsmith.


His words: “The handing over of the staff of office to Bamalli is taking place exactly 100 years since Goldsmith unjustly deposed Dan-Sidi of blessed memory.

“The vacancy of the throne, following the death of Alhaji Shehu Idris, also gave the government the opportunity to return to the enduring principles that guided the appointment of Emirs under the Sokoto Caliphate.

“Shehu Usman Dan Fodio in his seminal work Bayan Wujub Al-Hijra made it clear that there are nine qualities of Islamic leadership namely: Wisdom, learning, clemency, generosity, kindness, righteousness, patience, gratitude and leniency, which entails avoidance of harshness.”

He explained that it was on the basis of due regards to the customs, rules and enabling laws that Bamalli was chosen as Emir, and imposed on me the constitutional duty to appoint you.

El-Rufai, therefore, urged those who contested the stool with Bamalli to accept the will of Allah and join hands with him for progress and harmony of the Emirate.

He advised the title holders, district heads, members of the Emirate Council, the people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna people to rally around Bamalli by supporting and cooperating with him in the same way they supported his predecessors to enhance speedy development of the Emirate and the entire state.

On his part, the new Emir, said: “I have always taken great interest, deep commitment and strong appreciation for the traditions and history of Northern Nigeria, which, like my late father, Magajin Garin Zazzau, Nuhu Bamalli, I have endeavoured to promote at every opportunity.

“There is no greater time to enhance and promote the institution of traditional leadership than as an Emir. We, therefore, pledge to continue the good works of our predecessors, most notably the late Shehu Idris, whose reign of close to 46 years brought enormous changes and development to Zazzau Emirate.”


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