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Emir of Bauchi: A Traditional Leader Worthy Of Emulation



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By Usman Abdullahi Koli

The leadership qualities that make some people qualify for positions could only be found in few. A true leader is the one that struggles for the development, emancipation and tranquillity of the people he or she leads.

For centuries, before the coming of colonial masters, Bauchi has been in existence for long ahead of Malam Yakubu who was the Sheikh Usman Danfodio’s student, cleared the darkness of traditional religions and brought Islam to the people.

Originally, Bauchi got its name from a great hunter called ‘Baushe, the city has nine entrances and nine wells with nine mountains. Every Bauchi emir is referred to as ‘Sarkin Yakin Daular Usmaniyya’ which means the ‘War Head’ for the Usman’s Caliphate, Malam Yakubu was first given the title which descended down to all emirs after him.

According to history, the first Emir of Bauchi was Malam Yakubu who ruled from 1805 to 1845, after his death, Ibrahim Dan Yaqubu came to the throne and ruled for 32 years —from 1845 to 1877. The third emir was Usman Dan Ibrahim who ruled between 1877 to 1883, after Usman’s demise, Umaru Dan Salmanu emerged as the fourth emir 1883 between 1902. The fifth Bauchi emir was Muhammadu Mu’allayidi Dan Ibrahima but died a few months after his emergence as the Emir in the year 1902. The sixth emir of the Emirate was Hassan Dan Mamudu who ruled from 1903 to 1907. Ya’qubu II Dan Usman was the seventh emir that ruled between 1907 down to 1941. Yakubu III Dan Umaru was the eighth emir that ruled from 1941 to 1954.

The grandfather to the present Emir Alhaji Adamu Jumba emerged as the ninth monarch, he ruled for 27 years, between 1955 to 1982. Late Dr. Sulaiman Adamu was the tenth Bauchi Emir who ruled between 1982 and 2010, he passed away at the age of 77, the current Emir was enthroned after his father’s death.

His Royal Highness, Engineer Dr. Rilwan Sulaiman Adamu is the eleventh of the 16 children of the late Emir, Dr. Sulaiman Adamu, he was born on October 14th in 1970. He attended Kobi Primary School between 1976 to 1982. From there he proceeded to Government Secondary School Toro in 1982 to 1987. He attended Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic in 1991 and successfully graduated in 1995 where he obtained a National Certificate of Education (NCE).

Later on, he enrolled into the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University between 1996 to and 2001 where he studied Building Technology. Dr. Rilwanu worked with the Nigerian Port Authority for years, he was working with the Nigeria Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority in 2010 before his appointment as the Bauchi Emir.

After the demise of his father, 20 interested candidates stepped forward for the throne but only three names were submitted to the then Governor Malam Isa Yuguda for approval. They are; Marafan Bauchi, Alhaji Abdullahi Yakubu, Chiroman Bauchi, Alhaji Nuru Adamu Jumba and Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu who initially did not apply but a few days before submission he applied and luckily emerged victorious.

The 11th Emir of Bauchi is an easy-going man that treats haves and the haves not as equal, he grew up in Kobi where young and old knew him for his charitable efforts on every Friday. During political campaigns, whenever candidates of different political parties pay homage on him; he always embraces all and wishes them success.

The current Emir is the longest Amirul Hajj in Bauchi who oversaw the activities of the pilgrimage committee for years, it was because of his vast knowledge and experiences. Dr. Rilwanu, for decades has been an advocate of the importance of getting voter cards which is key for electing good leaders. He openly enlightened people on the significance of cleanliness which prevents the spread of diseases.

Bauchi Emir encourages parents to enroll their children into both religious and Western schools in order to brighten their future.

On every Friday of the week, thousands of Almajiris and the vulnerable converge at the Emir’s Palace to receive financial assistance and food items which is one out of His Highness’ immeasurable generosity.

In the Holy month of Ramadan, the Bauchi Emir also feeds thousands, especially during Iftar at the Bauchi Central Mosque. One interesting thing about Dr. Rilwan is that he prioritises youths who are the backbone of the society to acquire skills for self reliance and not relying heavily on government’s works.

Whenever Christian or Muslim faithfuls pay a visit to him during Sallah festivities, he preaches the gospel of peaceful coexistence to them which is vital for development.

In an interview with BBC Hausa during the Emir’s 10th year anniversary on the throne, he said that “Our door is always open for advices that will bring ease to people, advices that we could act upon, we would do our best while those that require government’s intervention we forward to them and they are doing the needful’. This is a clear indication that the Emir has an open heart that loves all despite their religious, tribal and host of other divergences.

Dr. Rilwan at different seminars or any social gathering always cautions on the decline in moral and parental responsibilities, he reminds parents about their pertinent tasks of parenting. The Emir’s wide experience has made him relate with those in government cordially.

Fervently, the Bauchi Emir serves as the bridge that links two opposing parties and he forgives those that wronged him. The Emir’s good habits are what make people love him more, including his antagonists. In view of his huge contributions, Crescent University Abeokuta and the Federal University of Technology, Akure appointed him the Pro-Chancellor, and recently the Federal Government appointed him as Chancellor in University of Abuja.

He has secretly sponsored treatment of many poor patients. The Emir is happily married and endowed with three children.

May God continue to guide and help him over future challenges.

Usman Abdullahi Koli,

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Crisis Looms Taraba PDP, AS Court Restrains New Chairman From Assuming Office




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The Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State Capital on Friday gave an order of interim injunction restraining Alhaji Abubakar Bawa from functioning as the state Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Justice Bala Usman issued the order in response to the application by the erstwhile acting Chairman of the party Mr. Inuwa Bakari, challenging the recent appointment of Bawa as the state chairman of the party.

A Certified True Copy of the injunction obtained by our Correspondent in Jalingo read in part that “upon this MOTION EX-PARTE dated the 31st day of March 2023 and filed on the same date coming up before this Honourable Court praying for the following reliefs:

“AN ORDER of INTERIM INJUNCTION restraining the 2nd Defendant Abubakar Bawa from acting, carrying out functions, and parading himself as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Taraba State chapter pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

“AN ORDER restraining the 1st Defendant from taking any step (s) that may negatively affect the membership right of the Plaintiff as the acting chairman of the 1st Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

“AN ORDER restraining the 1 Defendant by itself or any of its organs at any level from expelling, suspending, reprimanding, censuring, fining, department from any party office and removal of the Plaintiff from office pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

“AND for such further or other Order(s) as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances”. 

The Injunction further read that “upon reading the affidavit in support of the Motion paper, sworn to by one Alhaji Bakari Inuwa, Male, Adult, Nigerian Citizen, of Old Pantisawa Road, Nyamusala, Jalingo, Taraba State, filed in the Registry of this Court on the 31st day of March 2023, and after hearing Chief C. C. Damba Mbanaso, Esq. of Counsel for the Plaintiff/Applicant moved in terms of the Motion paper, it is hereby ordered as follows:

“That an order of INTERIM INJUNCTION is hereby granted restraining the 2nd Defendant Abubakar Bawa from acting, carrying out functions, and parading himself as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Taraba State chapter pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

“That an Order is made restraining the 1st Defendant from taking any step (s) that may negatively affect the membership right of the Plaintiff as the acting chairman of the 1st Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

“That an Order is made restraining the 1 Defendant by itself or any of its organs at any level from expelling, suspending, reprimanding, censuring, fining, debarment from any party office and removal of the Plaintiff from office pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice”.

Justice Usman, however, announced that the matter is adjourned to the 9th of May, 2023 for a hearing.

Recalled that Governor Darius Ishaku had recently appointed his Senior Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa as the state Chairman of the party, a move some people described as trying to control the party machinery even after leaving office on May 29th.

When contacted through telephone, the embattled party Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa confirmed that he was aware of the court case but did not receive any surmon.

“Frankly speaking I don’t know anything but I heard that I was taken to court but nobody bring a surmon to me, nobody call me and I did not go to the court, that is the only thing I know,” Bawa added.

When asked whether he will still go to the office on Monday, Abubakar Bawa said “I am a law-abiding citizen, so, since the court has given an order I will comply.”

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Za Kuga Chanji Cikin Kwanaki Dari Na Farko A Ofis- Zababben Gwamnan Taraba, Agbu




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Zababben Gwamnan Jihar Taraba, Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) yace da yardan Allah zasu kawo chanji na zahiri cikin kwanaki dari na farko da za suyi a ofis.

Agbu ya sanar da hakan ne a lokacin da yake yiwa dunbin magoya bayan Jam’iyyar su ta PDP yawabin godiya jim kadan bayan ya karfi takardan shedan zaben sa daga ofishin hukumar zabe mai zaman kanta ta INEC dake Jalingo.

Kwamishinan zabe na hukumar zaben mai zaman kanta ta INEC dake Jihar Taraba, Umar Muktar Gajiram shine ya mikawa zababben Gwamnan Jihar, Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) takardan shedan zaben sa a ranar laraba 29 ga watan maris na 2023 da muke ciki.

Hakanan kuma, Umar Muktar Gajiram ya mikawa suma zababbun ‘Yan Majalisan dokokin jihar ta Taraba guda 24 takardan shedan zaben su a dakin da aka gudanar da tattara sakamakon zaben Gwamnan Jihar wanda ya gudana a ranar 18 ga watan maris din dake cikin haraban hukumar zaben a garin Jalingo.

Da yake yiwa dunbin magoya bayan sa da Jam’iyyar su ta PDP yawabin godiya, zababben Gwamnan Jihar, Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) yace da yardan Allah zasu tafiyar da gwamnati ne na kowa da kowa domin hada kan al’umma, samar da zaman lafiya da ayyukan cigaba.

Batun addini, na sahun gaba wajen farraka al’umman jihar ta Taraba, toh saide kuma ga sakon da Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) ya baiwa Al’umman jihar.

“Batun addini wannan tsakanin Mutum ne da Allah, saboda haka Ina rokon ku ku taya mu da addu’a, dawan sukayi da wanda ma ba suyi ba dukkan mu daya ne, zamu sami zaman lafiya a Taraba, zamu hada kai, duk abinda gwamnati ya kamata tayi za muyi shi da yardan Allah,” inji Kanal Agbu.

Wasu daga cikin jama’an da suka dalarci taron sunyi fatan alheri da rokon iri daga sabuwar Gwamnatin mai zuwa.

Sun roki Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) daya duba wadan da suka yi ritaya daga aikin gwamnatin jihar kuma ba’a biyasu hakkin su ba na tsawon shekaru.

Mr. Nelson Len, Uwargida Veronica Alhassan, Gimbiya Batulu Muhammed, Mr. Gideon Katabs, Alh. Musa Abdullahi Chul, da Tsohon Kakakin Majalisar dokokin jihar Taraban, Peter Abel Diah na daga cikin zababbun ‘Yan Majalisan dokokin jihar guda ashirin da hudu.

Gimbiya Batulu Muhammed daga Gashaka, da Veronica Alhassan daga Bali ta daya zasu kasance mata guda biyu cikin ‘yan Majalisar dokokin jihar kashi na goma.

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God’s willing you will see changes within our 100 days in office – Taraba Governor-elect, Agbu




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Taraba State Governor-elect, Col. Kefas Agbu (Rtd) has pledged to transform the state within his hundred days in office.

Agbu made the promise on Wednesday while addressing a large gathering at his house shortly after he received the certificate of return from the resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Umar Muktar Gajiram in Jalingo.

The Governor-elect, Col. Kefas Agbu (Rtd) alongside his Deputy, Alhaji Aminu Alkali while thanking the people of Taraba State for believing in them and giving them the mandate also promised to run an all-inclusive government.

“I promise you that by the grace of God, we will have unity, peace, and development. 

“We will create job opportunities for the teaming unemployed youth, and by his grace, we will do everything that a government supposes to do for its citizens to make Taraba great,” Agbu assured.

According to the Governor-elect, (rtd) Col. Kefas Agbu, the issue of religion is between man and God, therefore, he urged the people of the state to embrace one another and pray for the incoming administration.

“I am also urging you whenever you see us doing something that you feel is wrong, you should please call our attention in decent manners but not with insults, and I promise you we are going to carry everyone along,” he emphasized.

Some supporters and well-wishers who spoke to SAHEL REPORTERS Comrade Mannsir Audu from Gashaka, the former PDP state Women leader, Hon. Felicia Kaletus and the Taraba State Chairman of Rescue Teachers, Comrade Sylvanus Acha prayed for the new administration of (rtd) Col. Kefas Agbu for God’s guidance, and expressed optimism that the new government will change the narrative of the state in terms of development.

“Our expectations from his administration are very high from this new administration but we are very optimistic that he will do much better,”.

However, some elected new members into the Taraba State House of Assembly Mr. Nelson Len from the Nguroje constituency, and Mrs. Veronica Alhassan from the Bali I constituency all under the platform of the people’s Democratic Party PDP, appreciated their constituents and promised them good representation.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Veronica Alhassan and Hajiya Batulu Muhammed who also won the state house of assembly seat under the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC from Gashaka will be the two female legislators among the twenty-four house of assembly members in the state.

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