Handing over of the Staff of Office to Emir Bamalli is taking place exactly 100 years since Goldsmith deposed the new emir’s grandfather.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has formally presented the staff of office to Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, as the 19th Fulani Emir of Zazzau.
The presentation at a ceremony in Zaria was done with a promise to make a law that will give traditional rulers specific roles in the governance of the state.
Gov. Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State has said that the appointment of Ahmad Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau was an opportunity to redress a colonial injustice.
The governor made this known during the presentation of staff of office to the traditional ruler on Monday.
He recalled that the Emir’s grandfather, Aliyu Dan-Sidi was unjustly deposed by the colonial Governor of Northern Region, Herbert Goldsmith.
According to El-Rufai, the handing over of the Staff of Office to Emir Bamalli is taking place exactly 100 years since Goldsmith deposed the new emir’s grandfather.
The governor said that the vacancy of the throne 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’ was crystal clear that there are nine qualities of Islamic leadership – wisdom, learning, clemency, generosity, kindness, righteousness, patience, gratitude, and leniency which entail avoidance of harshness,’’ he explained.
El Rufai said that ‘’it is on the basis of due regards to these customs, rules and enabling laws that Almighty Allah chose Your Highness to be our Emir, and imposed on me the constitutional duty to appoint you.
“One of our legislative targets during the 2020-2021 legislative year is a new law to strengthen and enhance the capacity of the traditional institution by providing clearly defined roles for our Royal Highnesses in community governance,” El-Rufai said.
“We need better data about who lives in the state, what they do and what facilities exist or are required in the communities in which they reside. The traditional institution can be a vital partner in addressing these challenges.”
He said “the new law will also legislate clear dynastic succession order in all emirates and chiefdoms with more than one ruling house.”
The Kaduna governor noted that today’s installation of Bamalli took place exactly 100 years since the colonial Governor of Northern Region, Herbert Symonds Goldsmith, unjustly deposed Bamalli’s grandfather, Emir Aliyu Dan-Sidi.
“Our faith teaches that power and authority belong to Allah, He alone gives to whoever He wishes at a time and circumstances best known to Him. I therefore call on all those that contested the Emirship to accept the will of Allah and join hands with the 19th Emir of Zazzau,” said El-Rufai.
“I also appeal to the title holders, district heads, members of the Emirate Council, the good people of Zazzau Emirate, and indeed all the citizens of Kaduna State to rally around our new Emir by extending to him their full support and cooperation”
The governor also paid glowing tribute to the immediate past Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
‘’ In his 45 years as Emir, he was regarded as a just and fair ruler, a peacemaker par excellence, an outstanding administrator and a kind hearted leader and father.
“He contributed immensely to the successes recorded by our administration, especially in the critical areas of education, preventive healthcare, peace building and mass mobilisation.
‘’ His fatherly advice and guidance in our then weekly Security Council meetings will remain indelible in our minds. May Jannatul Firdaus be his final abode,’’ El Rufai prayed.
The governor expressed confidence that Bamalli would consolidate on the solid foundation by his predecessor.
He advised the new emir to remain open and receptive to positive contributions from all the relevant stakeholders.
A High Court sitting in Dogarawa Zaria, Kaduna State on Friday refused an application seeking to stop the coronation of Amb. Nuhu Bamalli, as the Emir of Zazzau.
The suit was filed by Alhaji Bashir Aminu (Iyan Zazzau) challenging the coronation of the new emir.