By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The new Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli has said that his installation as the emir of Zazzau is an auspicious day which marks 100 years since Malam Aliyu Sidi Abdul-Qadir was deposed as Emir of Zazzau by the British.
He stated this in his address to the people of Zazzau emirate during his formal coronation held at Zaria Polo Club.
He said this honourable and principled man was the fourth and last reigning Emir from the Mallawa Clan to which he belongs.
“I am therefore proud to be his successor, as well as that of Malam Abubakar Musa, Malam Sidi Abdul-Qadir Musa, and Malam Musa, who was the flagbearer of Shehu Usman Dan Fodio, first Fulani Emir of Zazzau, my great great grandfather and the founder of the Mallawa Clan”.
“I have always taken a great interest and have a deep commitment and strong appreciation for the traditions and history of Northern Nigeria, which, like my late father, Magajin Garin Zazzau Malam Nuhu Bamalli, I have endeavoured to promote at every opportunity”.
He said there is no greater time to enhance and promote the institution of traditional leadership than as an Emir.
The new emir made a pledge to continue the good works of all his predecessors, most notably the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, whose long reign of close to 46 years brought enormous changes and development to Zazzau Emirate.
“I intend to build on his legacy as well as adapt methodologies to reflect modern times, by embracing technology and communication in order to keep up with the rapid changes taking place all around us.
“We intend to do this without losing the essence of our traditions and practices.
“My accession to the exalted throne of Zazzau, whilst seen as controversial by some, is undoubtedly the will of Allah and I urge you all to come together so that united we can collectively rebuild our fragmented society, region and indeed the country at large”.
Ambassador Bamalli reiterated what he was saying before being proclaimed emir and reached out to all the contenders who put their names forward for the emirship following the death of Sarkin Zazzau Alhaji Shehu Idris.
He enjoined them all to join him in showing a united front in the work ahead.
According to him there is much to do in the service of the people and more experienced hands than few will make the work lighter and more impactful.
“I reach out to you to work in the spirit of the brotherhood we share in Islam as well as that we share through the many blood connections between our clans”.
He said there are many societal issues that we need to help our people surmount, this can only be effectively achieved through the concerted efforts of us all.
He thanked the Kaduna State Government for its tireless efforts in undertaking a great number of public works under the stewardship of His Excellency The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai.
These works and policies have positively impacted the people of Zazzau emirate.
We look forward to working closely with Your Excellency in our efforts to improve the condition of our people.
The people are at the heart of everything we intend to do and ours will be a reign of listening and aiding the people to the best of our abilities.
“My Agenda for the Emirate is one of security, peace and development.
“We shall roll out our plans and call on everyone to support us as we honourably discharge this responsibility before God,” he appealed.