Governor Nasir el-Rufai said last night that he was still awaiting the recommendations of the state commissioner responsible for chieftaincy matters on the next Emir of Zazzau.
The governor in a series of tweets said the commissioner “is reviewing the 11 aspirants and the assessment of all of them by the kingmakers.”
He added: “I will consider the recommendations then and select the next Emir In Sha Allah.”
He was responding to speculations that three names had been forwarded to him by the kingmakers for him to pick one.
In another tweet, he said: “I am on my second book throwing more light on the emergence of the Emir of Zazzau Jafaru in 1937.
“I have also reviewed the secret files on his selection, & that of Emir Shehu Idris. I await the recommendations of the Commissioner responsible for chieftaincy matters.
“This @elrufai has not received anything.”
The Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, said separately that government was in receipt of the report of the kingmakers on the appointment of the next emir of Zazzau.
He said the Secretary to the State Government, Balarabe Abbas Lawal, “can confirm that the report of the kingmakers has now been submitted to the Commissioner of Local Government; a step that will trigger the next sequence of events in the chain of reporting and security vetting.”
“Upon receipt of the correspondence from the commissioner, the SSG (Secretary to the State Government) will avail the security agencies of the names on the shortlist for the necessary checks. It is the duty of the SSG to forward the recommendations and the associated security report to the Governor for his consideration.”
The Special Adviser said that the SSG appealed for calm and understanding as the responsible institutions manage a selection process that was last used 45 years ago.
The contestants include Alhaji Bashir Aminu, Iyan Zazzau; Alhaji Muhammed Munnir Jafaru, Yariman Zazzau; Alhaji Aminu Shehu Idris, Turakin Karamin Zazzau; and Ambassador Ahmad Nuhu Bammali, Magajin Garin Zazzau.
The 18th Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, died on Monday. He was aged 84.
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