- Governor Matawalle of Zamfara has appointed a new Emir of Kaura-Namoda
- The newly appointed emir is Sanusi Muhammad, a serving major in the Nigerian Army
- Muhammad is the son of the late emir, Muhammad Asha, who died on Sunday, after occupying the throne for 15 years
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Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has approved the appointment of Sanusi Muhammad as the new Emir of Kaura-Namoda.
A statement by Zailani Bappa, media aide to the governor, said that the appointment followed a recommendation by the area’s traditional council.
It said that the 40-year-old new monarch, who would succeed his father, Muhammad Asha, who died last week, is a serving major in the Nigerian Army, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Mr Asha had served as emir for 15 years and died after s brief illness. He was aged 71.
The statement quoted the governor as congratulating the new appointee and wishing him success in his new task.
Legit.ng had reported that the late monarch's younger brother, Abdulkarim Ahmad Asha, the Dan Jekan Kaura Namoda, said the emir had battled diabetes and hypertension for a long time.
“He spent like four days in his palace responding to treatment when the illnesses struck again. Later he was taken to Yariman Bakura Specialists Hospital where he died after three days of admission,” he said.
Before he was appointed as emir in 2004, he worked as director of finance and treasurer in many local government areas of the state including Kaura Namoda, Gusau and Maru.
“He is survived by three wives and 11 children among his children is Sanusi Muhammad Asha of the Nigerian Army currently serving in Maiduguri, Borno state.
“Preparation for his funeral rite are underway and he will be buried in his home town of Kaura Namoda according to Islamic rite,” Abdulkarim added.
A family source said the traditional ruler died on Sunday morning, May 3, while they were still awaiting the results of coronavirus test carried out on him.
“We really don’t know whether he was killed by the COVID-19 or not. Because up till this morning, we have not received the results," the source said.
In the past few days, no fewer than three prominent elders from the northern part of Nigeria have passed on.
Legit.ng earlier reported the death of Isa Hashim, an elder statesman and community leader in Kano state.
The 86-year-old retired professor held the title of Jarman Kano in the Kano emirate council died on May 3, at his home, following a short illness, according to his daughter, Dija Hashim.
Legit.ng also reported that the Emir of Rano, Dr Tafida Abubakar Ila II, passed on.
The monarch died on Saturday, May 2, at Nassarwa Specialist Hospital at about 4.45pm after a brief illness.
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