Prominent Arewa Traditional Rulers

Sultan of Sokoto


Amirul Mumineen Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar IV (born August 24, 1956 in Sokoto) is the 20th Sultan of Sokoto and as Sultan of Sokoto, he is considered the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s seventy-million Muslims, roughly fifty percent of the nation’s population. Sa’adu Abubakar succeeded his brother, Muhammadu Maccido.

Etsu Nuppe


Alhaji (Dr) (Brig. Gen) Yahaya Abubakar rtd was born on 12 September 1952 at Bida in Niger State and hails from one of the ruling houses of Bida Emirate (Usman Zaki). Yahaya Abubakar Kusodu Nupe was appointed the 13th Etsu Nupe on 11 September 2003, the ruler of all the Nupe speaking people in the world (Etsu Nupe: The King of Nupe) in succession to his late uncle Alhaji Umar Sanda Ndayako. By virtue of this title he is the Chairman of the Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers.

Shehu of Borno


Shehu Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai El-Kanemi (son of Shehu Umar Ibn Abubakar Garbai of Borno) was appointed the Shehu of Borno since 2009 by the Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff.

Emir of Kano


Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II was born into the Fulani Torodbe (Sullubawa) clan of Kano on 31 July 1961. He was crowned on 8th June 2014 as the Emir of Kano, succeeding his late grand uncle Dr Ado Bayero (who died on Friday 6 June 2014). Malam Sanusi was a successful banker and was a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Malam Sanusi is the grandson of Muhammadu Sunusi (The 11th Fulani Emir of Kano ).

Sarkin Zazzau


Shehu Idris was born in 1937 and is the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council. He ascended the throne on February 8, 1975 following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzu.

Buba Gbong Gwon


Jacob Gyang Buba became the 5th Gbong Gwon in 2009 and is the Chairman, Plateau Council of Chiefs.

Lamido of Adamawa


Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa was born in Yola on 14 February 1944 and is the eldest son of the Lamido Aliyu Musdafa. Barkindo was appointed Lamido five days after his father’s death as the 12th Lamido of Adamawa.

Attah of Igala


Idakwo Ameh Oboni is the paramount ruler of the Igala Kingdom in Nigeria. He was appointed the Attah of Igala in 2012 and is the son of the former Attah of Igala, late Ameh Oboni who was one of the longest serving monarchs in Nigeria.

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