Kaduna State Government names Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as 19th Emir of Zazzau.

Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli was Wednesday appointed as the 19th Emir of Zazzau by the Kaduna State Government after some reshuffling on who becomes the new Emir.

Bamalli whose appointment has been approved by Governor Nasir El-Rufai succeeds HRH Alh. (Dr.) Shehu Idris who died on Sunday, 20th September 2020, after reigning for 45 years.

Bamalli is the first Emir from the Mallawa ruling house in 100 years, following the demise in 1920 of his grandfather, Emir Dan Sidi.

A statement on the twitter handle of Governor Kaduna reads: “The Kaduna State Government has announced the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau. He succeeds HRH Alh. (Dr.) Shehu Idris who died on Sunday, 20th September 2020, after reigning for 45 years.

Alh. Bamalli is the first Emir from the Mallawa ruling house in 100 years, following the demise in 1920 of his grandfather, Emir Dan Sidi.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai has congratulated HRH Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli.

Governor El-Rufai’s Tweet is from a Press Release signed by the Commissioner for Local Government, Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani.

The full Press Release


Alhaji Bamali’s name was not initially among the four shortlisted by the Kingmakers but the new Emir who was described as a close associate of Governor El-Rufai got on the list after the State Government returned the list to the Kingmakers alleging that some of the eligible people were played out.

The list became seven but then there were developments which allegedly prompted Governor El-Rufai to prompt that the Emirate may be divided to two as it covered 12 local Government areas.

The Governor and traditional rulers in the state were locked down in closed meetings until Tuesday.

AS at Wednesday morning there were speculations from Zaria that for the first time, Zazzau Emirate in Kaduna state may split to three with two more additional Emirates. The two are Kaduna and Kudan Emirates.

The source also alleged that the state was making the move to favor its candidate who was a former ambassador in the current APC administration in the event that he couldn’t scale to become the new Emir of Zazzau following the demise of late Emir, Alhaji Shehu Idris who died few days ago.

It was learnt that the former ambassador may be made the first of the new Emirates in the state, thereby history would repeat itself as his father was one time in charge of Kaduna, but not as Emir.

A member of the state assembly, representing Zaria City, Alhaji Suleiman Ibrahim Dabo, Wakilin Birnin Zazzau, denied the speculation that the state government has presented the issue to split the Emirate.

He made the denial in his Facebook page Tuesday, saying that what the state took before the assembly was the 2021 budget but the split of the Emirate.

However, our Blue Print correspondent reports that armed security personnel were seen stationed at various locations in Zaria, especially near the Emir’s palace.

The New Emir will be inaugurated any moment from Thursday.


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