Before the British conquest of Adamawa Emirate in 1901, the Lamibe of Adamawa enjoyed absolute control in the governance of their emirate. The emir's position was at the top of this centralised and organised structure with autocratic functions devolved through the political office-holders in the metropolis of Yola and the surrounding sub-emirates.
The Adamawa Emirate was administered on feudal lines with the Lamido at the top of the hierarchy. In the capital, the officials, Saraki'en, performed civil, religious, palace and military functions. The Lamido was assisted by local heads, Lawan'en, in the vassal territories and fiefs in the important districts. In the sub-emirates, the officials of the government were led by Lamibe who were assisted by his appointees - Lawan'en, Jauro'en, Ardo'en and Arnabe - who in turn represented local groups.
With the coming of European rule, the Lamibe had to operate in an indirect rule system whereby the exercise of power and responsibilities was shared with the Native Authorities and Council. This was the situation in which Aliyu Musdafa became Lamido until the local government reforms of the military government between 1966-75, which took away control of the courts, police, prisons and the treasury. In fact these were strong executive powers transferred from the chiefs to the state and federal governments. The 1976 reforms put the local government in place as the third tier to substitute for the provincial authority in the decision-making and administration of the territory. An emirate council was, therefore, formed to function separately and independently from the local government councils, but with the Lamido's powers reduced with regard to decision-making at the local level.
The structure of the Adamawa Emirate Council evolved on the framework of the early administrative structure formed by the first ruler, Modibbo Adama, who had only one appointee, Modibbo Hamman Gurin, as the Qadi, while he himself acted as the Imam.
The council, more or less a war cabinet, was simple and ad hoc in nature owing to the on-going jihad. Members of the council were close advisers of Modibbo Adama comprising Ardo Hamman Song, Ardo Dembo of Malabu and Buba Jam. Other members were close associates of the Modibbo such as Alkasum and Sambo Holma. In comparison to what was obtained in other emirates,
Modibbo Adama's cabinet was small. The Sokoto Caliphate recommended at least the appointment of four officials - a vizier (Waziri), judge (Qadi), chief of police and a collector of land tax.
Modibbo Adama did not, however, appoint anybody into office until 1831 when he moved his capital from Gurin to Ribadu leaving behind Modibbo Hamman Gurin who was appointed Khalifa. at that time Modibbo Hamman Gurin was the only titled officer in the government and saddled with purely religious duties. By 1841 when Yola was set up as the capital of the emirate, the need arose for appointment of officials for civil duties. Modibbo appointed the Galadima and Kaigama to perform administrative and defence duties respectively. Hitherto, all officials were actually performing military duties in this growing, but warring emirate.
The only titled officer from the inception of Modibbo Adama's government was the Qadi whose role was purely religious. The Commander of the faithful, Shehu Usman Dan Fodio, recommended the inclusion of the Qadi among at least four officials, who must be men of deep intellect and Islamic learning. The first qadi in Adamawa Emirate, Modibbo Hamman Gurin, was succeeded by Modibbo Tongude in 1831 when the capital of the emirate moved fro Gurin to Ribadu. In addition to Modibbo Adama's duties as emir and imam, he acted as judge for cases referred to him by the qadi dealing with capital punishment. Before Nigeria's independence, the government of Northern Nigeria abolished the Lamido's court in a regional judicial exercise and transferred the power of final appeal to the provincial and regional levels. The military government in 1966 finally removed the courts from the jurisdiction of the emirs.
LAMIDO ALIYU MUSDAFA'S
Lamido Aliyu Musdafa is the head of the Adamawa Emirate Council which comprises the Wakili, Galadima, Wali, Wakili, Chiroma, Dan Buram, Chief Imam, Dan Lawan, Sarki Yamma, and the chairmen of the six local government areas in the domain. This council is responsible for the running of the affairs of the emirate and interrelates with and between the Government and the people.
The Waziri is the prime minister and the most prominent official in the Emirate after the Lamido. The office of Waziri in today's council has been a permanent feature in the history of the emirate government. The Waziri deputised for the Lamido (who had the power to remove him) and made official pronouncements on his behalf. The office of Waziri Adamawa has been vacant since the demise of Muhammadu Bello Babba Lawan in 2000. He was a cousin, former schoolmate and loyal prime minister of the Lamido. Usually only men of unflinching loyalty to the Lamido hold the office of Waziri. Antecedents of the Title of Waziri.
Historically, the Waziri did not join in jihad campaigns and being next to the Lamido could act during the absence, death or deposition of an incumbent. The office of Waziri was created in 1873 by Lamido Sanda who appointed Aliyu, eldest son of Alkasum and his nephew, to the exalted office as it's first holder, (1873-90). Aliyu's father, Alkasum was married to Fadimatu Yaya, Lamido Sanda's sister and daughter of Modibbo Adama. It was not a surprise he assumed the most powerful post in the government over and above the Galadima who had initially been the most senior official.
After Aliyu, Abdulkadir Pate, his brother, became the second Waziri, (1891-1924). The third Waziri was Mallam Hamman who held the office in the reign of three Lamibe (1924-57). His successor, Mahmud Ribadu, then central minister was in Lagos and Madaki Bello Malabu, head of administration, was made to act for him (1957-68).
The next Waziri was Muhammad Babba Lawan.Born in 1920, Babba Lawan was a maternal great-grandson of Lamido Zubairu and a paternal great-grandson of the first and second Waziri of Adamawa. He attended Yola Elementary School (1931-1934) and Yola Middle School (1934-1941). He attended courses at Oshogbo and Zaria (1949-1954). He held the posts of Scribe, Central Office, Yola (1941-63), Assistant Development Secretary (1957-59), Development Secretary (1959-63), and was at the Ministry of External Affairs (1963-68). Waziri Babba Lawan was a board member of National Youth Service Corps (1973-94). He served as ambassador to other emirates including Sokoto and went on missions within the emirate.
The Galadima is next in rank to the Waziri. It is one of the first offices to be introduced by Modibbo Adama. The function of the Galadima, before the introduction of the Waziri title, was to advise the Lamido on all matters, the administration of Yola metropolis and all markets and trading centres. Murtala Aminu, OFR, a barrister and solicitor, holds the position of Galadima since October 1986. he was born in Yola on April 1, 1937. He attended Yola (now Musdafa) Primary School, (1946-49), Yola Middle School (January-December 1950), Government Secondary School, Zaria, present Barewa College (1951-56); Institute of Administration, Zaria for Diploma in Native Treasury Accounting (January-July 1957); Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology for GCE O and A Levels, (1957-60); Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for LL.B Hons., (1962-66), and Nigerian Law School, Lagos, (September 1969-June 1970).
Murtala Aminu worked with John Holt Ltd, Jos (1961-1962) as Manager; Nigerian Tobacco Company Ltd, (1966-74) as Personnel Manager (North); Arewa Textiles Ltd, (1974-76) as Assistant General Manager (Administration); Gongola State Government (1976-79) as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice; Bajabure Industrial Complex Ltd, Yola (1979-81) as Managing Director; and Murtala Aminu and Co., Solicitors, Advocates and Notaries Public (1981 to date) as legal practitioner.
Murtala Aminu was member, Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Kaduna State Government on the purchase and distribution of fertilizer (1976); member of a five-man Legal Drafting Committee of the Constituent Assembly and took part in drafting the 1979 Constitution; member, Constitution Review Committee (1987-88); chairman, the eleven-man Committee set up by Gongola State Government to review the structure of districts, village areas and wards and review responsibilities and remunerations (1985); member, Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy; member, Constituent Assembly; member, Constituent Assembly Drafting Committee which produced the clean copy of 1989 Constitution and member, Judicial Service Commission, Adamawa State. He is chairman of Jama'atu Nasril Islam, Adamawa State and national legal adviser of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
Antecedents of the Title of Galadima
Modibbo Adama appointed Buba Mbamoi to the office of Galadima, then the highest post in the government. The second Galadima was Fariku (1853-1901), another son of Alkasum and half brother to the Waziri Adamawa, Aliyu. The third son of Alkasum, Adamu Goni (1901-20), was made the third Galadima. The title of fourth Galadima was conferred on Dahiru, the great-grandson of Modibbo Muhammadu Raji, a one-time Chief Alkali of Gwandu. Dahiru was succeeded by his cousin, Aminu, who doubled as the district head of Yola in addition to his official duties. He was succeeded by his brothers - Usman and Bello Ahmed. Galadima Aminu's son, Murtala, is the seventh holder of the office of Galadima.
Hassan Adamu was appointed Wakili Adamawa in 1982. Born in 1940 in Yola, Hassan Adamu attended Yola Primary School (1945-51), Yola Provincia Secondary School (1952-60), Yaba Higher College (present Yaba College of Technology), Lagos (1960), Newport College of Technology, South Wales and North Western Polytechnic, London (1961-66).
Bagging degrees in Statistics and Law of Transport, and a post-graduate diploma in Transport Studies, University of London, Hassan Adamu was Commercial and Traffic Officer, Nigerian Ports Authority (1966) and General Manager of Kadara Traction and Kano Leather Co., both subsidiaries of Northern Nigeria Development Corporation (1969-73). He has been in private business to date.
He served as Chairman, Industrialization and Commercialization of Gongola State; Leader, Trade Delegation to Taiwan; Member, Presidential Trade Delegation; Member, Board of Institute of Health, ABU, Zaria; Nigeria Merchant Bank, Civil Aviation Training Centre, Committee on Shipping Policy of Nigeria, Shippers Council; Chairman, National Fertilizer Company (NAFCON) and several other boards of public and private corporations and companies. He was Secretary of Mines and Power (1993) and member, Interim National Government. He was also President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). Hassan Adamu was appointed Ambassador to the United States of America in April 1996. He became Minister of Environment and Agriculture in Nigeria's Fourth Republic (1999-2001).
Antecedents of the Title of Wakili
The office of Wakili was previously held by four personalities. The first was Yero (1912-22) who served as liaison with the British colonial administration. He was succeeded by Muhammadu Hamman, later Waziri Adamawa, (1922-23); Hamman Tukur (1923-29), Muse and Abba Gumbi (1950-57). The office had been vacant for twenty-five years before the appointment of Hassan Adamu.
Wali Adamawa, Abba Mohammed Abba was appointed in 1965 by Lamido Aliyu Musdafa. He is the Lamido's son-in-law and was married to Fadimatu Batulu, the eldest daughter of Lamido Aliyu Musdafa. He is a grandson of Adamu Goni (of the Alkasum family), the third Galadima Adamawa.
Born in 1926 in Yola, Abba Mohammed attended Musdafa Elementary School, Yola, (1934-1938), Yola Middle School (1938-43), Clerical Training College, Zaria (1950-51), Institute of Administration Zaria, Diploma in Native Treasury Accounting (1956-57); In 1958, Abba Muhammad was acting Chief Scribe/Council Secretary of the Adamawa Emirate Council. In 1963, he left for South Devon Technical College, Torquay, UK and acquired Diploma in Social and Public Administration (1963-64). He was member, Tariff Advisory Board (1959-65), Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (1960-66), and Gongola Scholarship Board (1977-83).
Antecedents of the Title of Wali
The title of Wali was first introduced in Adamawa Emirate by Lamido Muhammadu Musdafa when he appointed Aliyu Musdafa, the then Chief of Police, Adamawa Native Authority in 1945. The second holder of the Wali title, after Lamido Aliyu Musdafa (1945-53) was Wali Dahiru (1953-64).
The Chiroma Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa, the eldest son of Lamido Aliyu Musdafa, was appointed into the Emirate Council in 1987. He was born in Yola on February 14, 1944. He attended Junior Primary School, Mubi (1951-54), Yola Middle School (1955-57), Dutsin Ma Senior Primary School (1960-64), Barewa College, Zaria (1965); Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1967-69); North London Polytechnic and Chartered Institute of Transport, London (1973-75). Barkindo Musdafa worked in the Customs and Excise Department (1969-73), Nigeria Ports Authority (1973-78) and National Freight Company, Kaduna (1978). He was appointed Commissioner of Works in the Gongola State Government (1979-83).
Antecedents of the Title of Chiroma
The Chiroma Adamawa, Barkindo Musdafa, was turbaned in 1980 becoming the fifth holder of the title. The first Chiroma was Muhammadu Maigari, District Head of Kilba, who later became Lamido in 1908. The second Chiroma, Ahmadu Maigari, District Head of Nassarawo Jada, also became Lamido later in 1924.
Ahmadu Maiha, District Head of Maiha was appointed the third Chiroma in 1948, while Ahmadu Malabu, District Head of Malabu occupied the office in 1964.
The first two Chiroma were district heads of royal descent who became Lamido at later periods. Thus, the conferment of the Chiroma title on Barkindo Musdafa apart from its prestigious status as crown prince has elevated him to the membership of the Adamawa Emirate Council with the approval of the then state governor, Abubakar Barde.
Dan Galadima Adamawa, Lawal Ahmadu Ribadu, was born in Yola on 9th May 1948. He attended Mustapha Primary School, Yola (1958 1964); Barewa College, Zaria (1965 1969); and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1970 1974) where he bagged a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Sciences.
Lawal Ahmadu Ribadu did his National Service (NYSC) at NYSC Secretariat, Cross River State, Calabar (1974 1975). He started his working career as Lecturer at the North East College of Arts and Sciences, Maiduguri (1975 1976); Lecturer, University of Maiduguri (1976 1977); Secretary, National Committee on Action Against Apartheid, North Eastern State (1975 1977); Lecturer, College for Legal Studies, Yola (1977 1988); General Manager, ASR & Sons Ltd, Yola (1978 1980); General Manager, SAFAR Enterprises Ltd (1980 1994); and Executive Director, Suleiman Ribadu & Co. Ltd. (1995 Date).
Alhaji Lawal Ahmadu Ribadu, was at different times Director, National Trucks Manufacturers, Adamawa Television Authority (1989 1992); Member, Governing Council, Federal University of Technology, Yola (2000 2004); Member, Governing Council, Adamawa State University, Mubi (2002 2006); Chairman, Jama'atul Nasril Islam, Adamawa State (2004 Date); and Member, Adamawa Emirate Council (1st August, 2005 Date) and Member, Adamawa Emirate Council (1st August, 2005 Date. He has published a book, Mission of a Hero: A Biography of Mahmud Ribadu (1993).
Tafida Adamawa, Bamanga Muhammad Tukur, was born on 16 September 1935 in present Gombi Local Government Area where his father, Mallam Hamman Tukur was District Head of Ga'anda. He attended Jada Elementary School in 1946 49; Yola Middle School, 1949 53; Government Secondary School, Bauchi, 1954 59; Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1958 59; for Diploma in Accountancy and Public Finance; North Western Polytechnic/London University, 1960 63 for a professional qualification in Transportation and Economics; University of Pittsburgh, USA, 1965 66 for a postgraduate course in Public and International Affairs.
Bamanga M. Tukur took up appointment with the Nigerian Ports Authority in 1960 where he rose to become the General Manager in December 1975. He retired in July 1982. In August, the same year, he joined politics and got the governorship ticket of his party, National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in October 1982. Bamanga Tukur won the 1983 election as Governor of Gongola State and was sworn into office on October 1st 1983.
During the politics of the Third Republic, Bamanga Tukur joined the National Republican Convention (NRC) and contested in the presidential primaries of the party in August/September 1991 which was annulled by the Federal Military Government.
When General Sani Abacha took over the reins of power in November 1993, he appointed Bamanga Tukur into his cabinet as Minister of Industry.
Bamanga Tukur founded a business empire under the name of B. H. I. Holdings as an indigenous investment body for Daddo Group of Companies. His experience in port management and transport economics is a factor for his success in business. He is the President of African Business Round Table and Chairman, NEPAD Business Group.
Bamanga Tukur was conferred the title of Wakili Ganye in December 1988, which was relinquished by his father in 1952.
On December 13, 1997, Bamanga Tukur was appointed into the Adamawa Emirate Council with the title of Tafida Adamawa. He has also been bestowed with titles by Olubadan of Ibadan, Obong of Calabar and the Chief of Agenebode in Delta State.
Antecedents of the Title of Tafida Adamawa
The immediate past Tafida Adamawa was Mallam Idris Tafida. He was born in 1907 and trained as a teacher from Katsina Teachers' College. He gained admission in the school in 1925 and was one class ahead of Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sokoto and Premier of Northern region. Some of his schoolmates include Kashim Ibrahim (1925) and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1928). He started teaching English at the Yola Middle School in 1930 and later became at Michika. In 1954, he became a councillor in the Adamawa Native Authority and later chairman of the Northern Peoples' Congress in Adamawa Province. He went to the Northern House of Assembly and House of Representatives in Lagos until 1966 when the military took over power in a coup de tat. Mallam Idris then took appointment as district head of Yola from 1966 to 1972 and retired in 1976. Mallam Idris, Tafida Adamawa died at the age of 89 on April 7, 1996.
Turaki Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar was born in Jada on 25 November 1946. He was enrolled into Jada Primary School, 1954 60. Adamawa Provincial Secondary School, Yola, 1961 65; School of Hygiene, Kano, for a Diploma of the Royal Society of Health; and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, 1967 for a Diploma in Law.
In 1969; Atiku Abubakar got enlisted into the Nigerian Customs and Excise Department where he served for 20 years retiring with the rank of Deputy Director in 1989. He was honoured by the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji (Dr.) Aliyu Musdafa with the title of Turaki Adamawa in 1982.
Atiku Abubakar joined politics in 1989 when the ban was lifted by the Federal Military Government on political activities. He helped in founding the Peoples Front, the first political association in Gongola State. He became its vice chairman and later got nominated as the gubernatorial candidate for Gongola State. He was also a presidential aspirant of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1993. In January 1999, Atiku Abubakar was elected Governor of Adamawa State under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A month later, he became elected as Nigeria's Vice President, 1999 2007.
Antecedents of the Title of Turaki Adamawa
The immediate past Turaki Adamawa was Mallam Hassan Turaki. Born in 1919, he was headmaster at the Yola Middle School (1950-1956). He was a member, House of Representatives in Lagos and later councillor for education and Adult Literacy of the Adamawa Native Authority. He contributed to the formulation of new education policies and establishment of new schools in Malabu, Mayo Ine and Jereng districts. Hassan Yola, Turaki Adamawa died on 3 May 1982 at the age of 63.
SARKI YAMMA ADAMAWA
Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (ret) was conferred with the title of Sarki Yamma in 1992 by the Adamawa Emirate Council for a sort of home-coming after retirement as Chief of Naval Staff. He was born in Mayo Belwa on August 27, 1942. He attended Mayo Belwa Elementary School (1952-54), Yola Middle School (1955-57) and Provincial Secondary School, Yola (1958-63). He joined the Nigerian Navy in 1963, and trained at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, United Kingdom where he earned his commission as a sub-lieutenant in September 1965. At various times between 1966 and 1974, Admiral Nyako served on the seas and on the shore: NNS Nigeria, NNS Kwa River, NNS Ekpe, NNS Lokoja, NNS Obuma and at the Naval headquarters. When Gen. Murtala Muhammad created new states in February 1976, then Navy Captain Murtala Nyako became the first Military Governor of Niger State after its creation, February 1976 - December 1977.
Murtala Nyako went back to sea as Commanding Officer of NNS Erinomi, the first Nigerian missile-carrying naval ship. He was appointed Director of Operations and pioneer Director of Naval Intelligence, Chief of Operations at the Naval headquarters, Member, Nigerian Navy Reorganisation Committee, re-appointed Chief of Operations all between 1980 and 1982. Admiral Nyako was Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command and Member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council, and chairman of the Internal Security Re-organisation Committee from 1985-1989. He was Flag Officer Commanding, Naval Training Command, 1989-90. The Admiral was appointed the seventh Chief of Naval Staff on December, 1989 and later became Deputy Chief of Defence Staff on 10 February, 1992.
Danburam Adamawa, Inuwa M. Mai, was born in 1950 in Yola. He attended Government College Kaduna for his 'O' Levels in 1968 and Federal Government College, Warri for 'A' Levels in 1970. In 1971, Inuwa Mai was awarded a Shell BP Scholarship to read Civil Engineering at University College, Swansea in the United Kingdom. He served at the Shell BP Office in Lagos briefly before leaving for the UK in October 1971. In 1974, Inuwa Mai graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from University of Wales, Swansea and later bagged a Master's degree in Structures and Numerical Analysis in February 1976.
Engr. Mai worked briefly in the United Kingdom with Module 2 at Swansea Leisure Centre as Supervising Engineer in 1976. In August 1976, Engr. Mai returned to Nigeria to start work at Ove Arup and Partners in Kano as Graduate Engineer with responsibility for the design and supervision of bridges and large culverts across the country. In 1978 Engr. Mai was promoted to Project Engineer in charge of building structures in ABU Zaria, Zungeru College of Advanced Studies, Katsina Polytechnic, College of Advanced Studies Zaria, Kaduna Investment Headquarters, Central Bank of Nigeria projects in the Northern Nigeria, New Nigerian Newspapers, Kaduna, etc.
In 1981, Engr. Mai set up a pioneer Consulting Engineering firm, the first in the north of Nigeria, called Mai & Associates, with offices in Kaduna, Yola, and Abuja. Since its formation, Mai & Associates has been involved in the design and supervision of numerous projects including, roads, irrigation, water supply and structural engineering projects. Some projects are Gongola State Water Supply in Zone III (present Taraba State), World Bank-Assisted Shallow Aquifer Studies in the North East Zone & Kwara State; irrigation work in defunct Bendel State, bridges for Ministry of Works, Gongola State in Yola.
Mai & Associates' building structures include headquarters buildings for National Universities Commission, Abuja; Nigeria Ports Authority (Ship House), Abuja; National Electric Power Authority Headquarters, Abuja; NACB Towers, Abuja; JAMB Headquarters, Bwari, amongst others.
From 1985 to date, Engr. Mai has served as nonExecutive Director on the Boards of National Board for Technical Education, Federal Housing Authority, and National Electric Power Authority. He was Executive Director of Petroleum Trust Fund (Zone IV) North East Zone.
In May 2004, His Royal Highness, the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Aliyu Musdafa appointed Engr. Mai as Danburam Adamawa and member of the Adamawa Emirate Council with the title of Danburam Adamawa.
Antecedents of the Title of Dan Buram
Muhammadu Abubakar Mai was appointed Dan Buram Adamawa in November 1967. Born in Yola in 1925, he attended Musdafa Primary School (1933-36), Middle School, Yola (1936-41), Audit Attachment Course Benue, Kano, Plateau and Zaria Provinces (945), Institute of Administration, ABU, Zaria, Intermediate Diploma in Treasury Accounting (1954-55) and Institute of Administration, Diploma in Local government (1966-67). Muhammadu Mai was member, Nigerian Ports Authority representing the Northern Region (1958-66); member, Parastatals Review Committee for Northern Region (1966-67; member, Northern Nigerian Self Development Fund Council (1966-68); Civil Commissioner for Agriculture (1968-1975; member, North Eastern State Self Development Fund Council (1968-1975); chairman, North Easter State Revenue Resources Review Committee (1970-75); chairman, North East Drought Relief Committee (1973-74); and chairman, Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority (1976-79).
Muhammadu Mai, Danburam Adamawa died on 4 May 2001 at the age of 76.
Makama Adamawa was born on May 9, 1944 in Yola. His father was then the Ma'aji in charge of the Treasury department of the Adamawa Native Authority. He started elementary school in Mubi and finished at Jalingo in Muri Province. Aliyu Hamma Jabu was in the second batch of students who pioneered the Senior Primary School in Jalingo. He was also in the Class of 1958 at Yola Middle School (which that year changed its name to Yola Provincial School).
In the search for further education, young Aliyu left for Lagos to attend the Federal Emergency Science School and later to the United Kingdom to study Marine Engineering at Midway College of Technology, Kent.
Later in life, Aliyu Hamma Jabu became a qualified engineer and worked on board ships such as the National Shipping Line and PALMLINE. He also served as a mechanical engineer at Cement Company of Northern Nigeria, Sokoto; District Manager/Engineer (North) on M/S Fawaz; Nigerbrass as General Manager; Managing Director, Bulkship Nig. Ltd, Chairman, Bulkship Shipping Line; Chairman, Overseas Agency of Nigeria; President, Nigerian Shipping Companies Association of Nigeria; Member, Shippers Council, Nigeria Maritime Authority, Nigeria Land Development Authority, and Implementation Committee for Nigeria Shipping Policy for 7 years, which led to the birth of Nigerian Maritime Agency.
Antecedents of the Title of Makama Adamawa
2007. The immediate past holder of the title of Makama Adamawa was Ibrahim Muhammadu Musdafa, brother of Lamido Aliyu Musdafa who died in 1
CHIEF IMAM OF YOLA
Ahmadu Bobboi was appointed the Chief Imam of Yola and member of Adamawa Emirate Council in 1994. Born in Yola in 1948, Ahmadu Bobboi attended Islamiyya Primary School, Yola (1960-66), School of Arabic Studies, Kano (1966-70), and University of Maiduguri (1983-86). He was a school teacher (1970-71), and an Assistant Registrar, Shari'a Court (1976). He was appointed Chief Registrar in 1991 and made a Qadi in 1993.
Antecedents of the Title of Chief Imam
Previous Chief Imams include Mallam Hussaini, Umaru Ngaundere and Muhammadu Barkindo. Fundamentally, the Lamido is the Chief Imam as enumerated by the guidelines of the jihad in establishing Islamic governments in the caliphate.
Religious leaders were appointed to deputise in the role of Imam. Modibbo Adama occasionally functioned as Imam in addition to his principal duties as Lamido.
DAN LAWAN ADAMAWA
Muhammadu Gambo Jimeta was appointed into the Adamawa Emirate Council in 1990 with the title of Dan Lawan. Born on April 15, 1937 in Jimeta, he attended Jimeta Elementary School (1947-49), Yola Middle School (1950-58) and Government College, Keffi (1958-59). Muhammadu Gambo Jimeta joined the Nigeria Police Force in 1959 as Cadet Sub-Inspector. He attended Police College, UK (1963), International Police Academy, Washington DC, USA (1980), National Police Academy, Cairo, Egypt; Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK (1980-81) and National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru. The Dan Lawan is a member of the Board of Governors, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Badagry; Board of Governors, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC); National Institute (mni); British Institute of Criminologists and International Association of Police Chiefs. The Dan Lawan was Inspector General of Police and member, Armed Forces Ruling Council (1986-89). He held the post of National Security Adviser to the President after his retirement and Chairman of MAMSER in 1992. He was Minister of Agriculture and member, Federal Executive Council in Gen. Sani Abacha's Administration.
SECRETARY OF THE
ADAMAWA EMIRATE COUNCIL
Dahiru Adamu Musdafa was appointed Secretary of the Emirate Council in 1988. He was conferred with the title of Yerima Adamawa in October 2007 after the demise of his father, Yerima Adamu Bawuro, District Head of Yola and Lamido Aliyu Musdafa's younger brother. Dahiru Adamu Musdafa attends all meetings and co-ordinates affairs of the council. Born in Yola in July 1956, he attended Musdafa Primary School, Yola (1961-67), Government Secondary School (present General Murtala Mohammed College) (1968-72), Co-operative College, Ibadan (1975-76) and Adamawa Polytechnic, Yola (1988-90). Dahiru Musdafa was Co-operative Inspector, (1973-78), Accountant, Adamawa Emirate Council (1979-88) and Secretary, Adamawa Emirate Council, (1988-date).
Antecedents of the Office of Secretary
Previous council secretaries of the Adamawa Emirate Council