Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Monday appointed the eldest son of the late Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Umar Elkanemi, as the new monarch.
The father, Alhaji Kyari Elkanemi, died last week at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) as a result of complications from undisclosed health condition.
However, rumor did the round that COVID-19 triggered the complications that resulted in his death.
Secretary to Borno State Government, Alh. Usman Shuwa, presented an appointment letter on behalf of the governor to the new Shehu at the palace in Bama town on Monday afternoon.
He said at the palace of the new monarch: “I am directed by His Excellency to direct you to remain in Bama, so that you can give sense of belonging to the people, your role as a leader is very crucial and principal to the establishment of civil authorities in Bama.”
He added that: “Your appointment was based on your proven integrity impeccable record of service to the people of Bama Local Government, and in particular service to humanity in general.
“Your royal highness sir, this appointment is conferred on you by the executive Governor of Borno State, you are hereby expected to exhibit high sense of justice, equity, fairness to all people of Bama.”
The SSG said the appointment was based on the recommendations of the kingmakers of Bama emirate council.
Shehu Umar, until his appointment, was a business man.
Responding on behalf of Bama emirate council, Kaigama of Bama, Dr. Babakura Kaigama, expressed his appreciation to the governor for choosing Shehu Umar as new emir of Bama.