The Iyan Zazzau, Alhaji Bashar Aminu, one of the top contenders of the Zazzau throne who instituted a court action seeking the removal of the 19th emir of Zazzau, Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, has died.
Our correspondent, who visited Aminu’s office in Zaria, confirmed from staff members that the Iyan Zazzau died in Lagos.
The 19th emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, on Friday, confirmed through his verified twitter handle that: “It is with the deepest regret and no pleasure that we announce the death of the most powerful traditional title holder and wealthiest prince in Northern Nigeria, Alh. Basar Aminu, Iyan Zazzau.”
Daily Trust reports that the Zazzau prince, who is from the Katsinawa dynasty, was born in 1951 and was one of the top contenders for the stool of Zazzau emirate.
Alhaji Aminu, had, in October, asked a Kaduna State High Court sitting in Zaria to set aside the appointment of ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali as the 19th emir of Zazzau and declare him (Aminu) as the rightful emir of Zazzau.
He had asked the court to declare him as the duly selected emir of Zazzau based on the selection of the kingmakers which took place on the 24th of September 2020.
Daily Trust reports that as one of the 11 initial applicants for the throne after the demise of the 18th emir, Shehu Idris, on September 20, 2020, the Iyan Zazzau was among the top three who made the first list in the selection process by the kingmakers on September 24.
Iyan Zazzau, Alhaji Bashar Aminu from the Katsinawa dynasty had scored the highest, putting him above two other princes; the Yariman Zazzau, Alhaji Muhammed Munnir Jafaru from Bare-bari dynasty and Turakin Zazzau, Alhaji Aminu Shehu Idris also from the Katsinawa dynasty.
However, Bamalli was eventually announced as the emir of Zazzau, exactly a week after Governor Nasir El-Rufai ordered for a fresh selection process that expanded the list of contenders to 13.