Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has hosted Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, the new Emir of Zazzau yesterday at the government house at Kaduna.
El-Rufai commended the emir for his “bridge-building efforts” while urging him to continue in that effort, bearing in mind that he was “chosen by God out of many”.
“God has chosen you, through us, the government of Kaduna state, and my appeal is to continue to bring everyone together, everyone close. Tap into the years of experience that the council members have accumulated in the administration of Zazzau emirate,” el-Rufai said.
El-Rufai further called on the Emir to be fair and just go everyone, adding that to achieve great strides in development, peaceful co-existence and unity, the Zazzau emirate must work together.
Bamalli noted that he is reaching out to each and every contender to the throne in order to move the emirate forward.
The emir, who noted that it is not an offence showing interest in contesting the emirship position, called on other ruling houses to join him in serving the people.
“And the pride of every prince is for one day to become the king. It is not an offence, and I keep repeating, it is not an offence, for any interested person to contest for emirship position. But after the contest, we will have to close ranks, come together and then serve the people,’’ Bamalli said.
“The level of cooperation that I received from the kingmakers, other council members, district heads, and the people of Zaria is unprecedented in the last one week.”
“I have mentioned it severally, I don’t have any reason whatsoever, to alienate or sideline any of the ruling dynasties. My maternal grandparents come from the Bare-bari dynasty and the Katsinawa dynasty is my in-laws. So, I don’t have any reason whatsoever, to give priority or superiority to my own ruling house.
“I have served as Magajin Gari for 19 years and I think it is adequate enough to have some experience, to tag along with everybody. We have already discussed on the way forward, which Insha Allahu, in the next couple of days, we will be back to the state government to present our position, so that we can move forward.”
The emir expressed his desire to build on the foundation laid by his predecessors “so that we can have a sustainable and good system of administration“.
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