On Monday, Nasir El-Rufai , the Governor of Kaduna State, presented the staff of office to Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as the 19th Emir of Zazzau.
While speaking in Zaria during the presentation of the staff of office, the Governor wished the new Emire a peaceful reign.
El-Rufai referred the occasion as historic, while remembering how the British colonial government unjustly deposed the new Emir’s grandfather, Emir Aliyu Dan-Sidi of blessed memory, called on the people of the area to give full support to their new traditional leader.
In his words: “I am delighted to join the people of Zazzau Emirate for the presentation of the Staff of Office to His Highness, Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, the 19th Emir of Zazzau, the first born after independence. This is a historic moment”
Your Highness ascends the throne in a much changed era to that of your illustrious predecessors. These are more modern times, with fresh opportunities and many old and new challenges. Ours is an incredibly young state, with 89% of residents being younger than 35 years.”
“We are grappling with expanding the opportunities for jobs, sound education and decent healthcare that can help channel this youthfulness as a positive resource. Some of our communities are menaced by security challenges”
“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.”
“As Governor of Kaduna State, it is God’s Will that I am privileged to be the first elected public servant to appoint an Emir of Zazzau in an independent, democratic setting.”
“This occasion of handing over the Staff of Office to the 19th Fulani Emir of Zazzau is taking place exactly 100 years since the colonial Governor of Northern Region, Herbert Symonds Goldsmith, unjustly deposed your grandfather, Emir Aliyu Dan-Sidi of blessed memory.”
“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”
“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”
“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…”