From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Following the successful funeral rites of a late Emir of Zazzau Dr Shehu Idris , the kingmakers of the Emirate have excused themselves from the people to pick his next successor.
A Source from the Emirate disclosed that the kingmakers who are saddled with that responsibility are Wazirin Zazzau, Ibrahim Aminu, Fagacin Zazzau, Umar Mohammed, Makama Karami, Mahmoud Abbas, Chief Imam of Zazzau, Dalhat Kassim and Chief Imam of Kona, Sani Aliyu.
It was also discovered that the race to pick the 19th Emir of Zazzau has since commenced and it is rumoured that a particular contestant has been nominated.
The custom of the Emirate demands anytime the stool is vacant three councillors including two Imams have the authority to pick a new Emir.
They usually find a venue suitable for there work and usually is in the palace except otherwise and ask the ruling houses to send their nominees.
It is also gathered that the kingmakers have so far received several nominations and each of the nominee is qualified for the stool.
However, the kingmakers look for certain criterias like a person who is learnt in both western education and Islam. He is acceptable by the people and very grounded in the history tradition and custom of the Emirate.
According to him, the state governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai has the final say and will eventually announced the new emir.