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  • * Kingmakers Elect 7th Emir

By Princess Simon (Bureau Chief North-Central, in Minna)

There is anxiety in Niger state, within Kontagora Emirate in particular, as the king-makers brainstorm to anoint whoever the cap fits most as the 7th Emir to replace the late Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Umaru Namaska, who died recently at the age of 84 after 47 years on the throne.

The heir apparent to the Kontagora Emirate throne, Alhaji Bashar Saidu Namaska, also died before the demise of his father, late Umaru Saidu Namaska, (the 6th Sarkin-Sudan) when he was attacked in his farm by suspected armed bandits.

NIGERIAN NEWSLEADER findings indicated that the list of aspirants to the Kontagora Emirate seat included a, 48-year-old, apparently the youngest among the contenders who is also from the Wushishi royal House, Alhaji Shehu Ibrahim Abubakar.

A list of 47 contestants for the Kontagora Emirate seat, signed by the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Alhaji Shehu Yusuf Galadima, on Saturday, is however a thing of concern to stakeholders who are worried over the large number of applicants.

A contestant to the Kontagora palace throne, according to findings, must also be a prince from the paternal side of the parents, must be well knowledgeable in both Islamic and western education to meet present day realities as the two have to go together.

Other requirements all the contestants are expected to have are; he must be credible and accessible at all time. He must be able to associate with people, must be diplomatic in reasoning and as well generally acceptable, a source from the kingmakers also hinted.

The contestants must be lovers and respecters of tradition as the kingmakers are to consider amongst others; what each of the contestants have done for the society and as well ascertain from them the value they would add to traditional institution on ascension of the throne.

Meanwhile, as part of measures to forestall possible breakdown of law and order, the Niger State Police Command said it has already deployed adequate security personnel to the ancient Kontagora town, ‘because of various interests’.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Niger State Command, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, said, “Security arrangements have been put in place to forestall any form of breach of peace before, during and after the exercise”.

According to the Command’s PRO, “All parties involved in one way or another to the selection of the next Emir of Kontagora are hereby enjoined to play by the rules towards a hitch free selection process”,

Names of aspirants to the Kontagora Emirate stool, Niger state are:

1- NAMASKA SA’IDU HARUNA

  1. SA’IDU NAMASKA ABDULLAHI

  2. GARBA BAWA MASTER

  3. MURTALA MUHAMMAD SHAWAI

  4. IDRIS UMARU SARKIN BAUCHI

  5. SA’IDU CIROMA

  6. IBRAHIM SA’IDU

  7. MUHAMMAD ABUBAKAR DOGO

  8. ISAH IBRAHIM MUKTAR

  9. SHEHU UMARU LACCA

  10. SUDAN IBRAHIM MU’AZU

  11. AHMED MUHAMMAD AWWAL LADAN

  12. AHMED MUHAMMAD

  13. MUHAMMAD BARAU KONTAGORA

  14. MUSA USMAN S.B

  15. SA’IDU MUSA

  16. AHMED ISAH CHIROMA

  17. MU’AZU SARKIN SUDAN ATTAHIRU

  18. SA’IDU NAMASKA NASIRU

  19. ABUBAKAR ATIKU MARAFA

  20. ABDULLAHI S.S IBRAHIM

  21. ISAH TAHIR ALIYU

  22. ARCH (TPL) IBRAHIM YUSUF

  23. AHMADU UMAR

  24. MUAZU SARKIN SUDAN AHMED

  25. MUAZU SARKIN SUDAN GARBA

  26. IBRAHIM UMAR

  27. NASIRU MUHAMMAD ANACHE

  28. ABBAS MUHAMMAD

  29. SHEHU IBRAHIM ABUBAKAR

  30. SHEHU SA’IDU NAMASKA

  31. HANNAFI MUAZU SARKIN SUDAN

  32. SAIDU ABDULLAHI ANACHE

  33. SAIDU UMARU NASIRU

  34. SAIDU NAMASKA SAFIYANU

  35. ABDULLAHI ANACHE MUAZU

  36. AHMED DUBAGARI UMARU

  37. AHMED ƊANBURAM YUSUF

  38. MIKA ANACHE

  39. NASIRU AMADU ƊANBURAM

  40. IYAKU BARAU

  41. MUAAZU SADIQ ABUBAKAR

  42. BUNU IBRAHIM BELLO

  43. ƊAHIRU AHMED MAIRUGGA

  44. NASIRU MUHAMMAD ANGO

  45. AHMAD MUAZU SARKIN SUDAN

  46. TANKO SAIDU MAI MADARA. NNL.