By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
The Emir of Kontagora, (Mai Sudan Kontagora), Alhaji Sa’idu Namaska who has been on a prolonged medical checkup outside the shores of Nigeria has returned to his throne after almost a year long medical sojourn abroad.
The traditional ruler was flawn overseas last year following persistent health challenges.
The Emir returned to his throne last Monday to a tumultuous welcome by his subjects and family members who have been restless over his failing health conditions.
Sources closed to the palace told our correspondent in Minna that the respected octogenarian traditional ruler was back on his feet in sound health.
Whilst he was away, serious concerns and apprehension were raised at different times for which congregational prayers were ordered at several times for his health.
Even the state’s House of Assembly had at plenary, twice, raised motions calling for prayers for the safe return of the ailing traditional ruler then.
Jubilants title holders from the ancient town have been trooping to the palace of the Emir who is also known in historical/traditional palance as the Sarkin Sudan Kontagora on solidarity visits to the traditional ruler since his return last Monday.
The Sarkin Sudan Kontagora is the oldest traditional ruler in the state and the longest surviving of the eight traditional rulers in the state.
Kontagora emirate has a rich, revered historical relevance in Nigeria, West Africa and African history which predates the advent of British colonial rule in Africa.
Sources said Namaska may be the oldest traditional ruler in northern Nigeria at present implying that he could be over forty four years on the throne as it’s traditional ruler. He was born in 1937 and was appointed Emir in 1974.