Mallam Umaru Altine: How a Fulani Man Became the 1st Mayor of Enugu

Mallam Umaru Altine: How a Fulani Man Became the 1st Mayor of Enugu

  • Mallam Umaru Altine was one of the rich glories of the Nigeria political memories as he was the first mayor of the coal city of Enugu
  • The narrative of Altine painted Nigeria better than its current political milieu because Altine was a Fulani businessman who journeyed from Sokoto to the capital of the Igbo nation
  • Interestingly, Altine did not only married to an Igbo woman, Esther, but he was also a graduate of the Nnamdi Azikiwe's school of political thought

Nigeria has better past glorious days than its current political dilemma, and one such glorious moment was reflected in the life and time of Mallam Umaru Altine, a Fulani man who once became a Mayor of Enugu state.

Altine became the first mayor of Enugu city, the heartbeat and heartland of the Igbo nation of the southeast of Nigeria, in the year 1952 and was in office till 1958.

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All you need to know about Mallam Umaru Altine, the Fulani man who became first mayor of Enugu Photo Credit: Shehu Sani
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Recall that Enugu was the capital of the old Eastern region during the premier days of Nigeria.

Details of how Fulani man, Mallam Umaru Altine, became first mayor of Enugu

Altine was a graduate of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe's political cosmopolitan and nationalistic school and a pan-Nigerian. He strongly had an unquestionable and unshakable faith in Nigeria.

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He was a cattle dealer that left the province of Sokoto for Enugu, where he got married to Esther, an Igbo lady and rose to be president of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) youth wing, Enugu branch. A completed detribalised Nigerian.

Being a descendant of Uthman Dan Fodio, the business mogul could have one day become the Sultan of Sokoto but chose trading, adventure and travel life. Earlier, Altine joined the army and worked with the railways briefly.

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Before his journey to the coal city of Enugu, the handsome, well-dressed magnetic aura Fulani man played politics in the Tambuwal District of the Sokoto province.

During duty call, the Fulani business mogul would go to church and also go for some kickoff at the stadia on the invitation.

While keeping his identity, Altine smoked, enjoyed the Nsala soup with fresh fish, and as his wife, Esther, disclosed, he was full of a high sense of personal hygiene with good command of English, Igbo, Fulfude and Hausa languages.

Nwajagu: Transfer, other details of Igbo leader threatening Lagos with IPOB earlier reported that Fredrick Nwajagu, the alleged Eze Ndigbo of Ajao Estate who vowed to invite the proscribed IPOB to Lagos to protect the property of Igbos, has been detained.

Following the arrest, no less than five follow-up facts have been revealed about Nwajagu.

One such fact is that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Lagos has said he is not part of the council of Igbo leaders in Lagos.


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