From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya has emerged the new Emir of Gaya, succeeding his father, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya, who passed on at 91 last Wednesday, after a brief illness.
The new Emir, before his appointment, held the title of Ciroman Gaya.
The new Emir, Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya, was appointed Saturday midnight, through announcement by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Usman Alhaji (Wazirin Gaya).
The SSG made the announcement at Government House, after hours of intense lobbying and suspense.
He said the emergence of the new Emir was by merit as it followed due process.
According to the SSG, “the Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, by the power conferred on him, by the Kano Emirate Law 2020 as Amended approved the appointment of Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya as the New Emir of Gaya Emirate.
“The appointment followed the recommendation of the Gaya Emirate kingmakers after the presentation of three candidates from which his Excellency the Governor approved the appointment of Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya as the Emir.
“The New Emir until his appointment was the Chiroman Gaya, who now succeeds his Late Father, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died on Wednesday 22 September 2021.
“Gaya Emirate is one of the four new Emirates created by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in 2019.“Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, therefore, congratulates the New Emir.”
The AUTHORITY reports that, according to history, the Gaya Emirate remains the oldest in Kano, founded before the Kano Emirate.
It was founded by the “first Kano man” who had settled in the area, in his bid to is explore ironstone.
However, Gaya was upgraded to an independent Emirate in 2019 when Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje created Bichi, Rano and Karaye Emirates, bestowing on all the Emirs First Class status.
The traditional revolution championed by Ganduje saw Kano state having five Emirates of Kano, Gaya, Rano, Bichi and Karaye.