5 October 2009

Nigeria: How New Emir of Dass Emerged

Bauchi — Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Usman was at the weekend appointed as the new Emir of Dass, Bauchi State, following a confirmation by the state governor Malam Isa Yuguda.

The confirmation was contained in a press release signed by the state Commissioner for Higher Education, who is also the acting Commissioner of Information, Capt. Bala Jibrin.

The new emir was the Ciroma of Dass before his appointment as the eighth emir.

He is the eldest son of the late Emir of Dass, Alhaji Bilyaminu Usman.

The emergence of the new emir was subsequent to his father's death on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 after a protracted illness at the Bauchi Specialist Hospital.

The appointment of the new emir was peaceful before and after a consensus was reached by all his 64 blood brothers, who had the right of contesting. LEADERSHIP learnt that all of them endorsed him for the throne and dissuaded one another from vying for the exalted throne.

Governor Yuguda disclosed that the appointment of Alhaji Usman was informed by the consensus of the entire kingmakers and stakeholders in the emirate, saying even though six others contested, Usman was the favourite.

Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Usman was born on August 18, 1971 in Dass town, Dass Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

He attended Waziri Mazadu Primary School in Dass (1976-1982), Government Science Secondary School, Toro (1982-1987) and School of Agriculture, Bauchi State Polytechnic (1989-1990), where he obtained a Ordinary National Diploma in General Agriculture.

Usman pursued more education at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, from 1994 to 1996 and emerged with a Higher National Diploma in Agricultural Extension and Management.

He started his working career at the Bauchi State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources from 1990 to 1997, and Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme (on secondment) from 1997 to 1999. He was a staff member of former Bank of the North (now Unity Bank Plc) from 1999 to 2004 and was special assistant to former Bauchi State governor Alhaji Ahmad Adamu Mu'azu between March and May 2007. Until his appoinment as emir, he was also special assistant to the present governor Malam Isa Yuguda.

The new emir has one wife and three children. His hobbies include horse riding and volleyball.

He speaks the Jarawa language, Hausa and English.

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