Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s choice in the succession tussle is clear. His longtime friend and ally, Magajin Garin Zazzau Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, may not be popular among both the people and the palace officials, but he is said to be the choice of the family and friends of the governor.

DAILY NIGERIAN reliably gathered that it was at Mr El-Rufai’s behest that Mr Nuhu secured last minute nomination as ambassador in 2017, following the controversial removal of a former speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mohammed Farakwai, from the list.

“To tell you Ahmed Nuhu is a very close to the governor, when Farakwai’s name was submitted for screening before the Senate, the governor went to lobby the president for Farakwai’s name to be withdrawn from the Senate and replaced with Ahmed,” a reliable source familiar with the matter told DAILY NIGERIAN.

“When senators from Kaduna State, particularly Shehu Sani, initially rejected Ahmed’s nomination, the then Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, and other friends of the governor lobbied for Ahmed.”

However, a similar scenario is being played out again in the contest for Zazzau throne as kingmakers, who earlier excluded him from the list, were reportedly directed to make him part of the shortlist alongside Iyan Zazzau, Bashar Aminu who scored 89 percent; Yariman Zazzau, Munir Jafaru who scored 87 percent and; Turakin Zazzau, Aminu Shehu Idris, who scored 53 per cent.

It is however unclear what percentage Mr Bamalli was awarded after his sudden inclusion.

Apart from Mr Bamalli’s closeness to the governor, he also stands the chance of making it to the throne in view of the fact that Mallawa Ruling House last occupied the position about a century ago. On another hand, Mallawa ruling house occupied the position nine times, while Mallawa and Katsinawa ruling houses held the position four times each.

El-Rufai’s Unending Reading?

On Saturday, Mr El-Rufai, said he began reading the third book to guide him appoint the new emir of Zazzau.

Recall that in a Facebook post on Thursday, the governor said he had begun reading Prof M G Smith’s book on the selection of Zazzau Emirs centuries ago.

On Friday, the governor announced that he began reading Robert Heussler’s “The British in Northern Nigeria” to get an insight on the appointment of emirs.

But in a Facebook post on Saturday, Mr El-Rufai said he started reading the third and final book, which is Dr Hamid Bobboyi’s Principles of Leadership According to the Founding Fathers of the Sokoto Caliphate.

“While awaiting the review of the kingmakers’ report by the Ministry for Local Government, I am on my third and final book on the selection process – Dr Hamid Bobboyi’s Principles of Leadership According to the Founding Fathers of the Sokoto Caliphate.

“The recommendations of the Ministry & security reports on the aspirants will then be sent to me for final decision.

“Please continue to pray for me to choose the Emir that will prepare Zazzau Emirate firmly to flourish amidst the challenges of the 21st Century,” the governor said.

With the government’s seeming unending dilly-dally over the appointment, it is unclear when the announcement will finally be made.

Mr El-Rufai’s spokesman, Muyiwa Adekeye, did not respond to our telephone call seeking government’s response on some of the issues.

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