Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamali has emerged as the 19 th Emir of Zazzau .
He succeeds Shehu Idris , who died on Sunday, September 20, 2020 , after reigning for 45 years.

El-Rufai, who spent hours in a meeting with Zazzau council of chiefs on Tuesday, chose Ambassador Ahmed Bamalli as the 19th Fulani emir for the emirate.

This was announced in a press statement by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Ja ’afaru Sani, on Wednesday.


The statement was titled , ‘KDSG appoints Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli as Emir of Zazzau’.


The statement read in part , “ Following the death of His Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Shehu Idris , the late 18th Emir of Zazzaus, the Governor of Kaduna State , Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has approved the appointment of Amb. Ahmed Nuhu Bamali as the 19 th Emir of Zazzau.


“ Bamalli is the first emir from the Mallawa ruling house in 100 years , following the demise in 1920 of his grandfather , Emir Dan Sidi .
“ The appointment is with immediate effect.


“ All other arrangements for the installation ceremony and presentation of the staff of office would be announced in due course.

“The Governor congratulates the new Emir of Zazzau for a deserved appointment and wishes him a successful reign .”


Born in 1966 , Bamalli studied Law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He holds a Master ’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and a diploma in Organisational Leadership from Oxford University. He is also a fellow on Conflict Resolution of the University of York, United Kingdom.


Until his appointment as Emir of Zazzau , Bamalli held the title of Magajin Garin Zazzau and served as Nigeria’s ambassador to Thailand, with concurrent accreditation to Myanmar.


He has been a permanent commissioner in the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission since 2015.


He was a staff of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency before a stint as head of Human Resources at MTel , the mobile communications arm of the old Nigerian Telecommunications Limited.

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