17 March 2009

Nigeria: Fika Gets New Emir

Damaturu — Eldest son of the late Emir of Fika, Alhaji Muhammadu Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idrissa, has been named as successor to the throne by Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam.

The throne became vacant on March 9, 2007, when Alhaji Abali Ibn Muhammadu, the 12th emir of Fika, died after a brief illness, at the age of 77 years. Presentation of the letter of appointment by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, was witnessed by hundreds of people, including members of the royal family who gathered at the Emir's Palace in Potiskum.

Five kingmakers, led by the Madakin Fika, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, presented three names, from which the emir was picked.The new emir, was born in Potiskum on August 14, 1956. 77He attended his primary and secondary education at Kaduna Capital School from 1963 to 1969, Barewa College, Zaria, 1970 to 1974, and Land Dowel Tutors College , UK, from 1975 to 1977, for his A-level studies.

He also attended North Staffordshire Polytechnic, England, from 1977 to 1980 where he bagged a Bachelor's degree in modern studies with specialisation in International Relations and obtained a Masters Degree in Politics and International Relations from the City University of London, in 1983.Reading his acceptance speech, Muhammadu said, "we would reach out to build bridges, because there is a lot of mending to do.

In the last few years, there are problems due to political and other differences, which caused disharmony among the people. Insha Allah, with the cooperation of my brothers and the community in general, we would achieve our objectives."

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