NEWSROYALE Emir Danyaya: 40 years of ser­vice to Ningi Emi­rate

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From Bauchi

IBalarabe Alka­s­sim, t is no mean feat to rule a peo­ple for forty years. The Emir of Ningi in Bauchi State, Al­haji Yunusa Muham­madu Danyaya, was in­stalled in 1978.

Hav­ing at­tained forty years on the throne, Emir Danyaya has be­come the long­est reign­ing emir in the his­tory of Ningi Emi­rate.

Born in 1936, the emir had an il­lus­tri­ous work­ing ca­reer be­fore as­cend­ing the throne of his fore­bears. First, he at­tended the Ningi El­e­men­tary School, between 1941 and 1946, then Bauchi Mid­dle School from 1946 to 1951 be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the School of Hy­giene, Kano the same year. He later went to the Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity Zaria and earned a di­ploma in Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He had a dis­tin­guished work­ing record dur­ing the Na­tive Au­thor­ity (NA) pe­riod even though he started as a dis­penser at Nasaru Dis­pen­sary, Ningi.

He was a mem­ber of the Ningi Emi­rate Coun­cil from 1956 to 1960, coun­sel­lor for Med­i­cal and Health Depart­ment from 1958 to 1959 and mem­ber of the Ningi NA Outer Coun­cil between 1954 and 1956.

Emir Danyaya was coun­sel­lor, Works, Po­lice and Pris­ons from 1959 to 1960 and mem­ber, Ningi NA Strong Room con­trollers between 1956 and 1960. In 1959, he was tur­baned District Head and Chi­ro­man Ningi, be­gin­ning his voy­age in roy­alty.

But his love for a ca­reer was so strong that in 1963, he joined the Nige­rian To­bacco Com­pany, Zaria, as a wel­fare of­fi­cer serv­ing un­til 1967. He got em­ployed by the then North­ern Nige­ria Mar­ket­ing Board as As­sis­tant Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer and was later made As­sis­tant Man­ager in-charge of Gusau and Kaura Namoda in 1968. His hard work soon showed and he was pro­moted to the po­si­tion of Man­ager, Maiduguri Ground­nut de­pot in 1969 and in 1970, he was ap­pointed Sub-Area Man­ager in-charge of Gombe, Biu and Kumo.

How­ever, he was trans­ferred in 1974 and was even­tu­ally in charge of Yola, Mubi and Mam­bila. In 1976, he was ap­pointed act­ing Area Man­ager in-charge of North-East­ern states Mar­ket­ing Board. Due to his ex­pe­ri­ence, he served as Chair­man, As­set Shar­ing Com­mit­tee, between North­ern States and Benue and Plateau Mar­ket­ing Boards.

He is an ac­tive mem­ber of Jama’atu Nas­rul Is­lam and a mem­ber of its Fi­nance and Gen­eral Pur­pose and Zakkat Com­mit­tees. He was a mem­ber of the Na­tional Coun­cil of States rep­re­sent­ing Bauchi State Coun­cil of Chiefs from 1979 to 1983 and served as Act­ing Chair­man, Board of Di­rec­tors of the de­funct In­land Bank Nige­ria Plc between 1988 and 1991.

He also served as a Di­rec­tor, Hade­jia-Jama’are River Basin De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity between 1989 and 1991.

Be­sides, the emir was a mem­ber of the Na­tional Con­sti­tu­tional Con­fer­ence between 1994 and 1995 and mem­ber of the Tra­di­tional Rulers Sub-com­mit­tee of Vi­sion 2010 com­mit­tee between 1996 and 1997.

He has been the Chair­man, En­vi­ron­men­tal Health Of­fi­cers Regis­tra­tion Coun­cil of Nige­ria (EHORECON) since 2004 and Chair­man, Bauchi State In­terReli­gious Coun­cil since 2005. The Emir was con­ferred with the Na­tional Hon­our of the Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of the Niger, (OON). The Emi­rate Look­ing back, Ningi Emi­rate was founded by Is­lamic Schol­ars who mi­grated from Tsakuwa in Dawakin Kudu Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area in Kano State.

Ningi’s pro­gen­i­tor, Hamza and his other lieu­tenants were said to have left Tsakuwa be­cause of their re­fusal to pay land tax which was im­posed by the then Emir of Kano, Muham­mad Bello.

They were said to have later set­tled at a place called Mara mixed with the lo­cals un­der their leader called Dan Daura and formed a for­mi­da­ble al­liance to pro­tect them­selves from Bauchi, Kano and other king­doms that sur­rounded Ningi.

His­tory has it that Hamza later fell out with Dan Daura around 1830. He fought and de­feated Dan Daura and be­came the leader, bring­ing all the other neigh­bour­ing tribes of Butawa, Fa’awa, War­jawa, Ku­dawa and Si­rawa to pay al­le­giance to his lead­er­ship.

His move to con­sol­i­date and gain more power was said to have threat­ened Kano and Bauchi and other emi­rates which prompted them to form and al­liance and at­tack Ningi.

Hamza later died and Ah­madu was selected to suc­ceed him in 1850 and later died in 1855. Abubakar Dan­maje was cho­sen as the next leader af­ter the death of Ah­madu. Dan­maje was a son in-law to Hamza.

Dur­ing Dan­maje’s reign, old Ningi was moved to a strate­gic lo­ca­tion sur­rounded by hills which en­sured pro­tec­tion from con­stant at­tacks. In fact, the name meant “hid­ing place” in one of the lo­cal di­alects.

When Dan­maje died in 1870, he was suc­ceeded by Haruna Karami and sup­ported by Bar­den Ningi, Us­man Danyaya. Haruna died in 1886 and was suc­ceeded by Abubakar Ga­jigi, who was later suc­ceeded by Us­man Danyaya. Us­man was suc­ceeded by Ma­muda then Musa Dang­wido who reigned from 1905 to 1906 who was suc­ceeded by Mal­lam Ma­muda who ruled the emi­rate from 1906 to 1908 and Adamu Danyaya, who ruled for 32 years.

The peo­ple of Ningi at­test to their emir’s sense of jus­tice, fair­ness and eq­uity.

Emir of Ningi’s palace

Al­haji Yunusa Muham­madu Danyaya, Emir of Ningi

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