Zazzau Emirate: El-Rufai slams suspension on kingmaker

The Kaduna state government led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai has suspended the Wazirin Zazzau and Chairman of the Zazzau Emirate kingmakers, Alhaji Ibrahim Adamu, over the selection and installation of the Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli.

A letter of suspension was sent to him from the Ministry of Local Government signed by the Permanent Secretary, Musa Adamu, on behalf of the Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Jafaru Sani.

Four of the five kingmakers, Wazirin Zazzau, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu, Limamin Kona, Alhaji Sani Aliyu, Limamin Zazzau, Alhaji Dalhat Kasimu and Makama Karami Zazzau, Alhaji Mahmoud Abbas were on November 12 issued query for failing to attend a coronation meeting summoned by the Kaduna state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Malam Ja’afaru Sani in his office.

Blueprint learnt that the meeting was in preparation for the presentation of staff of office to the new Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, the 19th Emir of Zazzau which took place on November 9th 2020.

It was not clear if the Fagacin Zazzau, Alhaji Umar Muhammad was also issued query like his colleagues.

Waziri chaired the selection process of the new Emir of Zazzau. It was understood that the Waziri, Limamin Kona, and Limamin Jumma’a voted for Iyan Zazzau, while Fagaci Zazzau voted for Yarima and Makama Karami voted for Turaki during the initial selection.

However, governor el-Rufai jettisoned the selection and ordered the kingmakers to carryout another process following which Ambassador Ahmed Bamalli was appointed.

The appointment of the new Emir of Zazzau, who it was believed was not considered has caused a lawsuit, whose pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for December 11, 2020 at the Kaduna State High Court. The lawsuit had 11 defendants including the five kingmakers.

The kingmakers were said to have taken their independent lawyers where they all signed a Witness Statement on Oath.

It is understood that the new Emir and the state government has been prevailing on the kingmakers to change their lawyers, for the state attorney, so that they can change the signed Statement of Oath.

The applied pressure by the interested parties led to the letter of query of November 12, 2020.

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