The Mallawa Ruling Dynasty, After 100-Year Absence, Assumes Rulership of Zazzau Emirate

The Mallawa Ruling House, founded by the first ever Fulani Emir of Zazzau, Malam Musa Bamali, today welcome the news that their Dynasty has assumed the seat of the Emir of Zazzau, exactly 100 years after Alu Dan Sidi, the last Emir from the Dynasty, died in 1920. Today, the Kaduna State Government, led by Malam Nasir El-Rufai, announced the selection of Ahmed Nuhu Bamali as the new Emir of Zazzau, succeeding Alhaji Shehu Idris who was deceased on the 20th of September 2020. Governor El-Rufai had taken time to deliberate on the final candidates suggested to him by the stakeholders before making his choice. The new Emir’s grandfather, Alu dan Sidi, was the first among the line of Emirs of Zaria (Zazzau) to rule during the official colonisation of Nigeria. He assumed the throne in 1903 until his demise.

Dr Shehu Idris was Emir for 45 years until his death. He had been in contention for the throne along with Nuhu Bamali, son of Dan Sidi and father of the newly appointed Emir, in 1975. He was chosen ahead of Nuhu Bamali.

It is reported by some observers that Military Governor of Kaduna at the time, Abba Kyari, had offered to make Nuhu Bamali Emir of Kaduna as compensation, but the noble Nuhu Bamali declined, saying it will be ungracious to accept such thing as the event of his loss of the contest was God’s will. He said if it is the will of God then someone among his descendants will still become Emir in the future.

Nuhu Bamali, father of Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, and son of Emir Alu Dan Sidi

It may not have occurred to him that his own son will become the next Emir after HRH Shehu Idris’ reign.

The official statement by the Kaduna State Government

Governor El-Rufai had said that he was busy reading up on the background history of the Emirate and its selection tradition, saying that he was in no hurry to make the choice from the shortlisted candidates.

The Government of the State of Kaduna (KDSG) announced this afternoon that it has selected Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, hitherto the Sarkin Zazzau, as the new Emir of Zazzau.

The new Emir of Zaria, His Royal Highness, Ahmed Nuhu Bamali

Switch Nigeria had reported that El-Rufai was set to appoint Ahmed Nuhu Bamali as the new Emir of Zaria. Please click here to read our report.

This evening we also reported that El-Rufai has appointed Ahmed Nuhu Bamali as the Emir of Zazzau. You may click here to read our article.

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