Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamali has emerged as the 19th Emir of the city of Zaria which is traditionally called Zazzau in Kaduna State.

He succeeds Alhaji Shehu Idris, who died on Sunday, September 20, 2020, after reigning for 45 years.

Bamali’s selection was announced in a press statement by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mr Ja’afaru Sani, on Wednesday.

The statement read in part: “Following the death of His Highness, Alhaji (Dr) Shehu Idris, the late 18th Emir of Zazzaus, the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has approved the appointment of Amb. Ahmed Nuhu Bamali as the 19th Emir of Zazzau.

“Bamali is the first emir from the Mallawa ruling house in 100 years, following the demise in 1920 of his grandfather, Emir Dan Sidi.

“The appointment is with immediate effect.

“All other arrangements for the installation ceremony and presentation of the staff of office will be announced in due course.”

According to the Commissioner, the new emir has worked in banking as Executive Director and later as Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Corporation.

‘’He was a staff of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Agency before a stint as Head of Human Resources at MTel, the mobile communications arm of the old Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), ‘’ he added.

Bamalli studied law at  Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. He also has a diploma in Organisational Leadership from Oxford University. He is a Fellow on Conflict Resolution at the University of York, United Kingdom.