Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has presented the staff of office to the 7th Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammad Barau Mu’azu II in Kontagora, Niger State.
Governor Bello during the coronation tasked traditional leaders in Nigeria to ensure a peaceful and violent free general elections.
He said “People are looking up to traditional leaders as custodians of cultural heritage as such they should devoid themselves from non-partisan politics before, during and after the elections”.
“We believe this is another opportunity for the traditional rulers to uphold the confidence of the people and consolidate on the gains of their forbears by ensuring the continued peace, stability and progress of our nation,” Governor Sani Bello said.
He described the new Emir, popularly known as The Sarkin Sudan as a gentle, compassionate and humble man full of perseverance and faith in the will of God.
The Governor expressed optimism that the 7th Emir of Kontagora will provide needed leadership that would propel development to the Emirate as he is from a courageous and pious lineage.
He congratulated the people of Kontagora for having am Emir whose pedigree, exposure and experience will be of great advantage in attracting phenomenal socio-economic development to the emirate and the state as a whole”.
The Govenor also commended the kingmakers for a credible process that brought about the appointment of the Emir which according to him, further broadens the legitimacy and integrity of the traditional system.
The Sarkin Sudan Kontagora, His Royal Highness Alhaji Barau Mu’azu II, in his acceptance speech assured that he will stand by all his subjects and ensure peace, security and development of the Emirate while urging the people to remain law abiding and compassionate to one another.
In his remarks, His Eminence Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, reminded the Emir of Kontagora that leadership comes with enormous responsibilities; as a result, he should allow God to guide him in ruling the people on the basis of justice and equity for a successful reign.
The Sultan urged those who vied for the throne to lay down their swords and work together with the Sarkin Sudan to advance the Emirate. He also urged the Emir to fortify the already amicable ties between his Emirate and the Caliphate.
The new Emir, under the direction of the Governor, was sworn in by Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik, Chief Judge of Niger State.
The 7th Sarkin Sudan was born in 1974 to late Sarkin Sudan Mu’azu Ibrahim and obtained various academic certificates at different levels from 1980 to 2017.
He is a grandson of late Sarkin Sudan Ibrahim Nagwamatse and an entrepreneur with many years of experience.
Highlight of the ceremony was the presentations of royalty items comprising of Holy Qur’an, spear and staff of office to the Emir.
Some dignitaries at the event were the Minister for State, Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, who represented the President, APC Vice Presidential candidate, Sen. Kashim Shetima, Deputy House of Representatives Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase, NASS Members, immediate past Governor of Niger state, Muazu Babangida Aliyu, former Deputy Governor Ahmed Musa Ibeto.
Others were APC Zonal Vice Chairman, Muazu Bawa Rijau, Gubernatorial candidate of the Party, Umaru Mohammed Bago, Members of the State Executive Council, Members of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, Emirs of Zaria, Jama’are, Talata Mafara and that of Yauri.