- Emerging reports from Kaduna have indicated that Governor Nasir El-Rufai may split the Zazzau emirate into three
- This is because the governor and the Zazzau kingmaker failed to reach a unilateral conclusion on the selection of a new emir
- Earlier, the emirate's kingmakers sent the names of the three candidates to Governor El-Rufai after the death of Shehu Idris
With the prolonged silence of the Kaduna government over the installation of the new emir of Zazzau, there are indications that Governor Nasir El-Rufai may split the emirate into three.
According to reports that emerged on Tuesday, October 6, the Kaduna governor disagreed with the kingmakers over the selection of new emir.
Legit.ng had reported that the selection of a new emir for the Zazzau Emirate on Friday, September 25, showed a clear bearing as three candidates were shortlisted by the emirate's kingmakers.
According to the latest development in Kaduna, the names of the three candidates were submitted to Governor Nasir El-Rufai to determine who the next Zazzau emir would be.
It should be recalled that Shehu Idris, the late emir of Zazzau, died on Sunday, September 20, at the age of 84 after spending 45 years on the throne since 1975 and at the age of 36.
This publication understands that seven names were initially announced by the Zazzau kingmakers before the list was trimmed down to three.
In the three-page report submitted to Governor El-Rufai, Iyan Zazzau, Bashar Aminu; the Yariman Zazzau, Munir Ja’afaru; and the Turakin Zazzau, Aminu Idris were recommended to the governor after scaling through the second selection process.
But in a twist of event, Governor El-Rufai was said to have directed the lawmakers to rescreen 13 candidates, a move that drew criticism as it was perceived as a way to pave ways for the Kaduna government's preferred candidate.
The current Zazzau Emirate comprises 11 local government areas including Zaria, Sabon Gari, Giwa, Kudan, Makarfi, Ikara, Kubau, Soba, Igabi, Kaduna North and Kaduna South.
El-Rufai is said to be making a plot to amend the state chieftaincy laws in what may split the emirates into three.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari sent a condolence message to the people of Borno state over the death of the Emir of Biu.
The president’s condolence message was contained in a statement issued through his media aide, Femi Adesina on Tuesday, September 15. Buhari said the late monarch led the people of Biu with diligence and dedication for 31 years by demonstrating visionary leadership.
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