Following the death of the late emir of Zazzau, his royal Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Shehu Idris last Sunday September 20, 2020 at the 44 army reference hospital, Kaduna and fidau prayers on the third day, there has been palpable anxiety in the ancient city, as to who emerges the new emir among those who have indicated their interest to occupy the exalted royal stool, Isaiah Benjamin reports.
Although, the governor of the state Malam Nasir el-Rufai, will ultimately be the one to pick who becomes the new emir, the Zazzau emirate kingmakers will have to pick three names amongst those seeking to occupy the royal stool following laid down procedures and criteria after which such names would be forwarded to him to pick one and appoint same as emir.
Some school of thought however said, the governor is not bound to pick from the list submitted to him, that he could pick a different prince whose names the kingmakers did not include on the list. Whichever position it is going to take, only time will tell as the Governor says he is reading books on how emirs are appointed for the Zazzau emirate.
In an update late in the evening yesterday, Governor el-Rufai in his twitter handles said he was on his third and final book on the selection process, and sought for prayers from people, saying “continue to pray for me to choose the Emir that will prepare Zazzau Emirate to flourish amidst the challenges of the 21st Century.
Meanwhile, available information has it that not all members of the royal families can contest for the position, but only princes from the different four ruling houses in the Emirate, whose biological fathers or grandfathers had been emirs.
Appointing a new emir certainly requires a lot of caution to avoid any mistakes whatsoever that could cause chaos in the emirate, therefore, following acceptable and transparent processes, the would-be emir would and should be one who will be acceptable by all and sundry and particularly by the emirate.
LEADERSHIP Sunday has reliably gathered that the election of the new Emir of Zazzau held Thursday night in Kaduna. It is also gathered that Shehu Idris’ successor will emerge from one of the three ruling houses of the emirate which has to be a descendant of Musa (the first Emir of the Mallawa clan); or the descendant of Yamusa (the first Emir of the Bare-bari clan); or the descendant of Abdulkarimu (the first Emir of the Katsinawa clan).
All candidates were expected to express their interests after the third day prayers for the late Emir. Ahead of the process, seven princes, it was also gathered, declared their intention to contest for the position, two of the candidates are from the Bare-Bari clan, and the Mallawa clan.
The five others are from the Katsianwa clan – Iya, Turaki, Uban Gari, Dan Galadima, and Sarkin Kudu.
Five kingmakers of Zazzau Emirate Council who voted are Wazirin Zazzau – Ibrahim Aminu; Makama Karami – Muhammad Abbas; Fagachin Zazzau – Umar Muhammad; Limamin Juma’a – Dalhatu Kasim and Limamin Kona – Muhammad Aliyu.
The election had in attendance Secretary to the State Government, the Head of Service, the Commissioner of Police, among others. The election, according to sources adopted seven criteria for voting. These include minimum qualification (BSc or HND) – 15 per cent; experience as a District Head – 20 per cent; experience in public service – 10 per cent; No proven adverse report – 10per cent; relationship with the public – 15 per cent; national award – 5 per cent and physical fitness – 10 per cent.
Three of the kingmakers reportedly voted for Bashir Aminu – Iyan Zazzau. The chartered accountant and businessman, regarded as the most popular candidate, has served the longest as a title holder and District Head in the emirate.
Aminu Idris – Turakin Zazzau. Muhammadu Munir Ja’afaru – the Yeriman Zazzau, reportedly got one vote each. Three sons of the late Emir who expressed interest are Bashir Shehu Idris – Uban Gari; Sambo Shehu Idris – Sarkin Kudu; and Aimu Umaru Idris – Dan Galadima. The kingmakers have submitted their report to the state government and expected to have met with Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
The names sent for “consideration and further necessary action” are Bashir Aminu, Aminu Idris and Munir Ja’afaru. Corroborating the above position, a statement issued from government house and signed by the Special Adviser to the governor on media and communication,
Muyiwa Adekeye said, the selection process for the new Emir of Zazzau is proceeding with the careful attention befitting such a momentous decision, according to Balarabe Abbas Lawal, the Secretary to the Kaduna State Government.
Providing an update on the selection process, the SSG disclosed that the procedure is for the kingmakers of Zazzau Emirate to address their recommendations to the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, who will in turn process the document and forward to the SSG.
Upon receipt of the correspondence from the commissioner, the SSG will avail the security agencies of the names on the shortlist for necessary checks. It is the duty of the SSG to forward the recommendations and the associated security report to the Governor for his consideration.
The SSG stated that he can confirm that the report of the kingmakers has now been submitted to the Commissioner for Local Government, a step that will trigger the next sequence of events in the chain of reporting and security vetting.
On behalf of the Kaduna State Government, the SSG appealed for calm and understanding as the responsible institutions manage a selection process that was last used 45 years ago.
In view of the forgoing, all eyes are on Governor El-Rufai and all fingers will have to remain crossed and await a pronouncement of the 15th Emir of Zazzau who should be generally acceptable by the emirate, the good people of the ancient city and the state in general.