Wednesday, March 11, 2009
EMIR OF FIKA TOO, DROPPING LIKE FLIES?
Yet another one drops off the face of the earth, a Nigerian high-up traditional ruler of Fika Emirate, Yobe State. It will be recalled that it is the same state that recently lost her governor Mamman Ali, who died in a Florida hospital on January 27, 2009. But unlike the governor, the remains of the ruler did not have to go through customs as he died within the shores of Nigeria. The Emir died suddenly by 7.45am on March 9, 2009 inside his palace at Potiskum, the emirate headquarters, of high blood pressure and relatively old age? The Emir was just 77 years old? Alhaji Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idrissa was also the chairman of the Yobe State Council of Chiefs/Traditional rulers and the paramount leader of Bole people of Yobe State. Icheoku notes, the death of the Emir brings to three, the number of very high-up traditional rulers from the North who have expired within the last three weeks. Shehu of Borno Alhaji Mustapha Umar Ibn el-Kanemi died on February 20, 2009; Gbong Gwom Jos Da Victor Pam made his exit on March 7, 2009 and now this Emir of Fika Idrissa who transited on the 9th? What is going on or are they mere coincidences, judging from the longevity of these men on their thrones? The emir was appointed the 12th Emir of Fika in August 1976 following the death of his father, the former emir; and remained the 43rd in succession to the throne of Fika-Dynasty until his death on March 2009? Thirty-three years on the throne is not a child's play and Icheoku asks, is there no democracy in this peoples' dictionary? The Emir left behind, his four wives and about 40 children. So long, Emir Idrissa!