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Longest-reigning Nigerian emir, Ahmad Umar, dies

Longest-reigning Nigerian emir, Ahmad Umar, dies

The longest serving emir in the Northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, Emir of Kwatarkwashi in Bungudu Local Government Area, Alhaji Ahmad Umar (Mai-Kwatarshi) has died.

Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara state is made up of communities of Bungudu, Bingi South, Bingi North, Tofa, Sankalawa, Bela, Samawa, Karakkai, Furfuri, Kwai-Kwai, Gada, Kwatar-Kwashi and Nahuce.

He died on Thursday at 93, having been on the throne for 61 years.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, who disclosed this in a public announcement, said the emir died after a prolonged illness.

Balarabe said Umar’s funeral prayer was conducted at 6:30 p.m. in the historic town of Kwatarkwashi according to Islamic rites.

Mai Kwatarkwashi was crowned by Sultan Abubakar III on March 17, 1961 and died in his palace.

Until his death, he was the eldest oldest in Zamfara State having spent 61 years on the throne.

Bungudu local government area is found in Zamfara state, Northwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria. The headquarters of the LGA are in the town of Bungudu and comprises several towns and villages which include Sankalawa, Gada, Karakkai, Furfurri, Kwai-kwai, Kotorkoshi, Dashi, Kwatarkwashi, and Mashema.

Bungudu LGA has a population of 172,711 inhabitants with the major occupants of the area being the fulani and the Hausa. Islam is the most practiced religion in the area while the Hausa and fufulde languages are extensively spoken in the area.

Bungudu LGA is home to the Bungudu Emirate which is superintended over by the Emir of Bungudu.


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