Nigeria: Buhari Congratulates New Zazzau Emir

Gate to the palace of the Emir of Zazzau.

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the new Emir of Zazzau, Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, and advised him to be the leader of all.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, announced the new appointment after weeks of tension.

The long awaited appointment comes 17 days since the stool became vacant.

Mr Bamalli succeeds Shehu Idris, the 17th Fulani emir of Zazzau who reigned for 45 years before his death on September 20.

Princes from three of the four dynastic lines of the emirate jostled for the post with four of them believed to be the frontrunners.

Following the announcement on Wednesday, President Buhari said in a message to the new Emir: "I congratulate you on making history by becoming the first emir from the Mallawa ruling house in 100 years. You deserve the appointment and I am confident you will justify the confidence reposed in you."

According to the President, "While you bask in the glory of the moment, I want you to be the leader to all and treat all your people fairly in the performance of your duties."

"This is a challenging moment and therefore, I want you to use this opportunity to unite all members of the ruling houses for the interest of your people," he advised Amb. Bamalli.

"May Allah grant you wisdom and guidance in the discharge of this responsibility," President Buhari added.

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