El-Rufai, dragged to court over appointment of new emir
Bashir Aminu, the Iyan Zazzau, has dragged the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and nine others
before a Kaduna State High Court over the appointment of a new Emir of Zazzau, Ahmed Bamali.
Aminu instituted a suit to challenge the process that led to the emergence of the new emir.
Others shortlisted by the kingmakers for recommendations to the governor were the Yariman Zazzau,
Munir Jafaru; and the Turakin Karaman Zazzau, Aminu Idris.
Among the criteria considered by the kingmakers were that the new emir must be learned both in western
and Islamic education.
But the governor allegedly set aside the recommendations of the kingmakers and appointed Bamali as the
new emir. According to the suit, the Iyan Zazzau sought the court to declare him the emir having scored
the highest votes cast by the kingmakers.
The governor, however, discarded the report, citing allegations of inducement by one of the contenders
and announced the appointment of Bamalli, following a fresh selection process among 13 princes.
Recall that Bamalli, a Nigerian ambassador to Thailand, was announced as the new emir by the
Kaduna state government. He succeeded Alhaji Shehu Idris as he was named the 19th Emir of Zazzau.
Idris who died on Sunday, September 20, ruled for 45 years. With this appointment,
Bamalli becomes the first emir from the Mallawa ruling house in 100 years after his grandfather
Emir Dan Sidi died in 1920.