El-Rufai Sets to Appoint Nigeria’s Ambassador to Thailand as New Emir of Zazzau

The Governor of the State of Kaduna, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has approved the appointment of Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, Nigeria’s ambassador to Thailand who hitherto has been the Magajin Garin Zazzau. A seasoned banker, the new Emir of Zazzau was an acting Managing Director as well as a former Executive Director of Nigeria Security Printing and Minting. He has about 25 years experience in the banking sector. He is to succeed the late Emir, Shehu Idris.

His Royal Highness Emir of Zazzau Shehu Idris died at the age of 84, at 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna on Sunday 20th September 2020 after a brief illness.

Governor El-Rufai had said yesterday night that he was reading up a material on the history of the Emirate of Zazzau, to guide him in his decision. He said, “KADUNA UPDATE: While awaiting the recommendations of the Zazzau Emirate kingmakers, I am re-reading Prof M G Smith’s authoritative epic on the selection of Zazzau Emirs from 1800 to 1950 to guide me in taking a decision. “Government in Zazzau” was published in 1960.”

The late Emir is said to be an ambassador of peace who worked tirelessly to instill calm and decorum in the emirate.

The late Emir occasionally decried the unruly and unlawful activities of the El Zakzakky group who appear to not recognise the authority of the State of Nigeria. The Shi’ite group going by the name Islamic Movement of Nigeria, now outlawed, had attacked the late Emir and attempted assassinating him.

Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, the Magajin Garin Zazzau, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Thailand

Zazzau is the original and traditional name of Zaria. It is one of the most popular cultural heritage of Nigeria. It is the seat of the popular legend of Nigeria’s precolonial history, Queen Amina.

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