According to reports, the Governor of Kaduna state Mal. Nasir El-rufai is working to amend the chieftaincy and traditional council bill of the state.
The Governor disclosed this while presenting the 2021 annual budget to the State House of Assembly.“ We shall be approaching the house with more bills to further strengthen governance in the state.” The Governor said. One of the bills as mentioned by the governor was the chieftaincy and Traditional Council bill which he said: “will entrench the reform of the chieftaincy system, specify composition and classification of emirates and traditional council and update the provisions of colonial laws and chieftaincy matters that we inherited.”
The bill if amended is speculated to further balkanize the emirate into three more emirates; Kaduna, Kudan, and Zaria.
The Yariman Zazzau will be installed as Emir of Zazzzau, while the Iyan Zazzau will serve as the Emir of Kudan. Meanwhile, Magajin Garin Zazzau will be enthroned as the Emir of Kaduna.
Recall that the throne for the Emir of Zazzau has become vacant since the demise of the erstwhile ruler two weeks ago Late Shehu Idris who ruled for 45 years. This resulted in intense lobbying and aspiring for the throne by over 11 contenders, the prominent among them being the Iyan Zazzau Alhaji Bashir Aminu, The Yariman Zazzau Alhaji Munir Ja’afaru, and the Magajin Garin Zazzau Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli.
Bamalli is believed to be the favored candidate of the Governor. So far, The Zazzau emirate is the largest in the state, comprising 11 local governments. The state has about 32 Emirates and Chiefdoms in total, including 10 First Class Chiefs and Emirs, 9 Second Class ones, and 13 Third class. The move to create three more emirates will take the number of emirates and chiefdoms in the state to 35, one of the highest in the region.