By Idris Ayinde
The Emir of Bauchi, Alh. Rilwanu Adamu has called on all the traditional title holders in the state to remain upright and diligent in the discharge of their duties.
The Emir made the call in Bauchi on Sunday during the official turning and installation of a business tycoon, Alh. Yakubu Ibrahim as the Santuraki Bauchi.
According to him, this would help in upholding the sacred nature of the Bauchi Emirate Council and enhance its mutual trust and reverence of the good people of Bauchi state.
He also urged the newly installed traditional title holder to always thread the footprint of his late father, Alh. Yakubu Lame held the title with absolute dignity, patience and fear of God.
“Your late father had been a good ambassador of the emirate whose enormous contributions to the upliftment of the living standard of the people of the state and the emirate, in particular, were unquantifiable, especially as regards their livelihood,” said the Emir.
Speaking shortly after his installation, Ibrahim appreciated the Emir for finding him worthy of wearing his late father’s shoes at the Emirate Council.
He promised to abide by the culture and traditions of the institution, as well as assuring the Emir to positively contribute his best to the emirate.
He also pledged his unalloyed loyalty to the emir, while praying to God to enable him to succeed in the tasks ahead.
“By the grace of the Almighty Allah, we will do what will push the emirate, Bauchi state and the country at large forward.
“Santuraki is a post that has been in existence for a very long time and it means the most trustworthy amongst the sons of a king in Kano.
“If a child is very close to the king and does all his bidding, he will be bestowed the title Sarkin take which is Santuraki in abbreviation.
“Thank God the name santuraki came to Bauchi and I was chosen as one which I inherited from my late father,” he explained.
Also, one of the kingmakers, Alh. Aliyu Yakubu, District Head, Lame, who lauded the Emir for putting a round peg in a round hole, said the installation was not only important to the people of Lame District but to the Bauchi Emirate Council as well as the people of the state in general.
“We believe that the new title holder is equal to the task because he is such an obedient person.
“I want to believe that this Emirate has done the real thing they are supposed to do by fishing out somebody that is dedicated, honest, sincere and hard working.
“I will advise him to be patient and tolerant as a position of power like this comes with a lot of observation, patience and he must remain focused on what brought him here
The colourful ceremony was graced by a number of the emirate council members, relatives, friends, supporters and well-wishers who prayed for the guidance and blessings of the emir to the new Santuraki Bauchi.
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