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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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Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements




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A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state

He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.

The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.

Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.

The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.

He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.

While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.

Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.

There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.

High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.

The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.

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Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria




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Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.

Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.

Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.

“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.

According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).

The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.

Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.

According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.

He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.

He noted that the significance of the intervention would go along way in promoting good causes and sport Development among Nigerian Youths.//

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Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair




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The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.

This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.

The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.

Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.

The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.

Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.

The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.

In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.

In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.

Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.

Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.

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