Emir of Zazzau  Dr Shehu Idris, is dead.

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Emir of Zazzau  Dr Shehu Idris, is dead.

By:Femi Mustapha

The Emir of Zazzau and Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Traditional Ruler, Alhaji Shehu Idris, is dead.

A traditional title holder, Wazirin Zazzau, Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu confirmed the death Sunday afternoon

He said the Emir died in Kaduna on his way to London Hospital.

Son of the Emir, Aminu Shehu Idris, said his father passed on at the age of 84 after a protracted illness.

 

According to Aminu, the late monarch had been battling with an undisclosed ailment for a decade “until this morning when death snatched him away.”

The late monarch left behind four wives, dozens of children and grand as well as great-grandchildren.

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has indicated desire to attend the burial as well as other traditional rulers.

Dr Shehu Idris was the
18th Fulani Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, and died at the age of 84.

Idris was born to the family of Malam Idrisu Auta who was sometimes called Auta Sambo and Hajiya Aminatu. Idrisu Auta’s father was Sarkin Zazzau Muhammadu Sambo who reigned from c. 1879 to 1888 and Auta’s grandfather was Sarkin Zazzau Abdulkarimi who reigned from c. 1834 – 1846.

Idris started his education being tutored by two Islamic scholars in Zaria and then continued with formal studies at the Zaria Elementary School. He was at the elementary school from 1947 till 1950, during this period, the young Idris lost his father when he was 12 years old. Idris continued both his qur’anic and formal education and enrolled in the Zaria Middle School in 1950 and finished studies in 1955. He then attended Katsina Training College to become a teacher.

In 1958, he was a teacher at a school in Hunkuyi and then taught at a few other schools in Zaria. Thereafter, he left teaching. In the 1960s, he was a private secretary to Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu, he was also appointed as the secretary to the Zaria Native Authority council in 1965. In 1973, he was bestowed the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and was appointed the district head of Zaria and Kewaye.

Idris succeeded Sarki Aminu in 1975. On 10th January, 2015 he celebrated his 40 years anniversary, and 8th February 2020, he celebrated his 45 years anniversary.

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