Daily Trust (Abuja)

3 May 2009

Nigeria: Behold, the New Dan Masanin Gujba

The palace of the Emir of Gujba in Yobe State, His Royal Highness Mai Mukhtar Ibn Ali Gangarang, was yesterday agog as distinguished personalities from across Nigeria trooped in to witness the turbaning ceremony of the Accountant General of Yobe State, Alhaji Umaru Babayo Hassan, as the new Dan Masanin Gujba.

The event was colourful as the venue of the occasion in Buni Yadi, a burgeon town with a railway terminal, became a beehive of ceremonial displays by traditional dancers and horse riders.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State was represented by his deputy, Engineer Abubakar Ali, while a large delegation of people from Kano State, represented Governor Ibrahim Shekarau with many others from Bauchi, Borno and Gombe States were also in attendance. A former Governor of Yobe State, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, along with other national and state legislators were also at the event.

Gujba emirate, which has a historical lineage with the Borno emirate, is noted as a centre of commerce, learning and farming with many of its sons and daughters holding various offices in national and state ministries, agencies and parastatals.

Commentators at the venue said the title of Dan Masani exemplified wonderful virtues, including exceptional achievements in one's chosen career, trustworthiness, honesty accountability, selflessness and contributions to the community.

"The new Dan Masani possessed all the qualities required to get the title, his selection is widely acknowledged and endorsed by the emir after careful endorsement by king makers," a senior member of the Gujba emirate said.

Born in 1963 in Wagir Village of Gujba local government, Alhaji Umar Babayo Hassan, attended Central Primary School Gujba, from 1970 to 1975. He was at Government Secondary School Gaidam between 1975 and 1980 and equally passed his WASC examination with flying colours. It was his unprecedented performance at the secondary school that earned him admission into the University of Maiduguri in 1981 where he studied Accountancy and graduated in 1986.

After completing his NYSC in the old Anambra State in 1987, the new 'Dan Masani cut his accounting practice teeth in the old Borno State Civil Service when he was appointed as an accountant in 1987, immediately after his national service.

He became the Accountant General of Yobe State in 2003.

"I don't know how to express my feelings, but from the bottom of my heart, I am a fulfilled man today", the new Dan Masani remarked, shortly after his turbaning.

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