by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Zazzau Emirate’s kingmakers have gone into seclusion to pick one of the four top contenders that will succeed the late Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris.
One of the kingmakers, who pleaded anonymity, revealed that the search for the 19th Emir of Zazzau has since commenced.
According to him, anytime the stool is vacant, three councilors, including two Imams have the authority to pick a new emir, based on the demand of the custom.
He said under the Emirate Statute, those saddled with that responsibility include the Wazirin Zazzau, Ibrahim Aminu, Fagacin Zazzau, Umar Mohammed, Makama Karami, Mahmoud Abbas, Chief Imam of Zazzau, Dalhat Kassim and Chief Imam of Kona, Sani Aliyu.
Source declared that immediately after the funeral rites of a late emir, the kingmakers would all excuse themselves from the people.
“They usually find a venue suitable for our work and, usually, it’s in the palace, except otherwise and ask the ruling houses to send their nominees.”
According to him, the kingmakers have so far received several nominations and each of the nominees is qualified for the stool.
“However, the kingmakers look for certain criteria like a person, who is learned in both western education and Islam. He is acceptable by the people and very grounded in the history, tradition and custom of the Emirate.”
He confirmed that, today (Tuesday), “they will round up by picking and sending their recommendations to the state government. The state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has the final say, and will eventually announce the new emir.”
Findings revealed that the four contenders on the race are; Magajin Garin Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali (from Mallawa ruling house), Yariman Zazzau, Munir Jaafar (from Bare Bari ruling house), Iyan Zazzau, Muhammad Bashir Aminu (from Katsina ruling house) and the eldest son of the late Emir, Turakin Zazazau, Alh Aminu Shehu Idris, respectively.