The long wait for the appointment of the emir of Zazzau climaxed on Wednesday, October 7, when the Kaduna state government announced Ahmed Bamalli as the new emir of the Zazzau kingdom.
Bamalli succeeds Shehu Idris, the previous Fulani emir of Zazzau who reigned for 45 years before his death on September 20.
The Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai has wished the new monarch a successful and peaceful reign.
Legit.ng also congratulates the new emir on his ascendance to the throne.
Below are some amazing facts about the new emir:
1. Bamalli was born on June 8, 1966, in Zaria city of Kaduna state.
2. He is the first emir from the Mallawa ruling house in 100 years, following the demise in 1920 of his grandfather, Emir Dan Sidi.
3. The monarch had his primary and secondary education in Kaduna city.
4. Bamalli studied law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
5. He holds a master's degree in international relations and diplomacy and a diploma in organisational leadership from Oxford University, UK.
6. He has taken courses at a number of educational institutes abroad including Harvard University as well as Northwestern University in Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania.
7. Bamalli is also a fellow on conflict resolution at the University of York, United Kingdom.
8. He held the title of Magajin Garin Zazzau until his emergence as emir.
9. Bamalli also served as Nigeria's ambassador to Thailand, with concurrent accreditation to Myanmar.
10. The emir served as a permanent commissioner in the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission in 2015.
11. Bamalli worked in the banking sector. He also served as the executive director and later as acting managing director of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Corporation.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed how the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, assisted him when he served as the number one citizen of the country.
The former president made the revelation on Wednesday, September 23, in Zaria, Kaduna state, during the prayer organised for the late emir, Nigerian Tribune reported.
He explained that the reign of the late emir coincided with his time as head of state and that when he came back as president, the late emir assisted him.
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