Written by Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar, Ibrahim Mohammed, Sule Lazarus, Nuruddeen M. Abdallah & Aliyu Machika:
The Lamido Adamawa, Dr Aliyu Musdafa, the longest-serving monarch in Northern Nigeria is dead. The 11th Lamido of Adamawa died yesterday evening at the age of 90.
He reigned on the Fombina throne for 57 years.
A statement from the emirate council, signed by Galadima Adamawal, Alhaji Murtala Aminu reads in part: “The Adamawa emirate council hereby announces with deep shock the passing away of His Royal Highness, Lamido Adamawa at 6:45 pm yesterday evening. Burial arrangements have been slated for 2:30 pm today, Sunday 14, 2010 at the Lamido’s palace.”
Born in 1922, Dr Aliyu Musdafa was turbaned as the 11th Lamido of Adamawa on 26th July 1953; he received the staff of office from Governor Sir Bryan Sherwood – Smith of the British colonial Administration.
The reign of Lmido Musdafa brought changes to the emirate. At inception, the emirate comprised of northern part of the Republic of Cameroon, Southern part of former Borno State and the present Taraba State.
The late Lamido Musdafa, a direct descendant of Modibbo Adama, and a product of Othman Danfodio Islamic Jihad, remained a spiritual and Islamic leader of the entire Fombina emirate as well as father of all by socialisation.
The likely contenders to the Lamido throne are former comptroller of Custom, Ahmed Aliyu Mustapha; Ciroma Adamawa, Alhaji Mohammadu Barkindo and former Secretary to Adamawa state government, Adamu Aliyu Mustapha.
During his over 50 years on the throne, the emirate enjoyed peace, and he steered Adamawa emirate from its rural set-up to a pinnacle of modernization. The late Lamido, extended his hands of fellowship beyond the border of Islam, and maintained a balance between Muslims and Christians in his domain.
The late Lamido demonstrated true character of a Statesman, having created love and compassion within his domain; “he loved his people and his people loved him and he served his people conscientiously with dedication, fairness and impartiality” a prominent member of Adamawa Emirate, Alhaji Jamilu Lamido ( Chukalin Adamawa) remarked.
A former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Action Congress in 2007 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Turakin Adamawa, who spoke through his media adviser, Malam Garba Shehu, said last night that “Atiku lost his composure and cried uncontrollably when he received the news of Lamido’s death.
“Atiku has lost a father and mentor who loved him unconditionally. The late Lamido stood by Atiku when the notable Adamawa elite practically abandoned him. As a consequence, the Lamido was himself deserted by friends and some family members but he stood solidly behind the tortured and tormented vice president.”
The former Governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna, described the death of Lamido as great loss, saying that working with the deceased for 8 years was a refreshing experience because of the Lamido’s peaceful disposition to life. According to Haruna, Adamawa will not be the same again. Also, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) described the death as a great loss to the entire nation, describing him as a leader who was able to bring together the various ethnic and tribal interests in Adamawa.
Deputy National Chairman, North of the ANPP, Dr. Yusuf Musa said that the party received his sudden death with shock and prayed that Almighty Allah would give Adamawa another leader like the late monarch.
A member of the Buhari Organization (TBO), Mr. Osita Okechukwu said the late Lamido of Adamawa was a great man who succeeded in handling ethnic issues that could have otherwise scattered Adamawa communities apart.
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