Zazzau Emirate Loses 2 High-ranking Princes

The Zazzau emirate and the ancient city of zaria has been thrown into mourning following the death of two princes and council members, Alhaji Bashir Aminu (Iyan Zazzua) and Alhaji Abdulkadir Iya Pate (Talban Zazzau).

They both passed on in the early hours of yesterday at the ages of 70 and 72 respectively.

According to a tweet by the Zazzau Emirate, Iyan Zazzau who was major contender of the emirship stool following the death of the former Emir, Alhaji Dr Shehu Idris on the September 20, 2020, was reported to have died of an undisclosed illness in Lagos, while the Talban Zazzau was found dead at his residence without any notice of illness.

“Inalillahi wa inna illaihir rajiun indeed from Allah we are and to him we shall return. It is with deepest regret and no pleasure that we announce the death of the most powerful traditional title holder & wealthiest prince in Northern Nigeria today, Alh Bashir Aminu Iyan Zazzau,” the emirate tweeted.

At the time of filing this report, the remains of late Iyan Zazzau was still being expected to arrive in his home town, Zaria, from Lagos for burial today.

A family source said his corpse is expected to be buried at anguwar Jaba burial ground, while the funeral prayer will be conducted at Sabon gari Jumaat Mosque.

This, it was gathered, may not be unconnected to the rift between the Emirate council and the late Iyan Zazzau whose funeral prayer is supposed to be conducted at the Emir’s Palace in Zaria.

LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that the late Iyan Zazzau had filed a suit in court challenging the appointment of the new Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli.

The late Iyan Zazzau died after celebrating his 70th birthday penultimate Friday before his death a week after.

He was one of the frontline contenders for the Zazzau throne, following the death of Emir Shehu Idris on September 20, 2020.

He, however, lost to the current emir, Ahmed Nuhu-Bamalli, who was appointed by the…

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