The historical of the Zaria Emirate will never be complete without mentioning the 18th Emir of the city of Zazzau, Alhaji Dr Shehu Idris from of the Fulani dynasty. Tuesday February 8th marked the 42nd anniversary of Alhaji Dr. Shehu Idris as the 18th Emir of Zazzau. He has brought many changes in the Emirate, accommodate various ethnic groups, enroll significant number of people in schools and sponsored skill acquisition programme for indigenes and non indigenes of Zaria as well as maintain and create more districts, villages, etc. he has provided effective and efficient headship by his sons, grandsons and descendants. There are many great groups of an individual that took a part in these achievements of Balaraben Sarki!Dan Idrisu Autan Sambo.
Forty years in the life of a person is not to be taken for granted, especially when it is spent as an inspired leader of a very unique and complex miniature Nigeria like Kaduna.
By historical antecedents, Zazzau Emirate serves as the nucleus of Northern Nigeria with its headquarters in Kaduna. Its cosmopolitan nature in diverse cultures and religions provide evidence of the accommodating nature of the people. Until recently when intolerance and sectarian violence set in, Zazzau Emirate was a heaven for all. This comes as a result of liberal traditional leadership provided by His Highness, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
His penchant for peaceful coexistence and pursuit of knowledge provided the followership with awareness of the virtues of neighborliness, accommodation and forgiveness which entice people from all walks of life to earn and find solace in the Emirate.
The Emirate has witnessed tremendous amount of development in terms of education as the emir of ZAZZAU being the land lord of various institutions that provide education to Nigerians in Western and Islamic knowledge.
Perhaps, the Emirate is blessed with abundant agricultural land that in terms of food supplies and cheap prices, it is second to none. That may explain why Zagezagis are robust and healthy.
The Emir’s investments on education, peace, security and development have manifested in many ways. The dynamic nature of peace and loving environment give a chance to many to migrate to stay in the city as a home.
During his time, the Emirate has witnessed structural changes in which some local governments were carved out as independent traditional councils but that has not demeaned the prestige and royalty of the Emir or the Emirate. Rather, it boosts his influence.
I wish the Emir and the Emirate more blissful and prosperous years ahead.
Allah Ya ja Zamanin sarki
Allah Ya Kara wa sarki da talakawansa lafia da zama lafia.
Dogarawa wrote from: C/O Galadiman Yariman Zazzau, Hanwa Districts, Sabon Gari Zaria, Kaduna State.