Son succeeds dad as Emir of Gombe

The Gombe State government has approved the appointment of Alhaji Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar as the new Emir of Gombe.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Abubakar Bage, presented the letter of appointment to the new emir at the Gombe Central Mosque on Friday.

Shehu-Abubakar was  coronated as the 11th Emir of Gombe to succeed his late father, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar, who died in a London hospital on May 27.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Shehu-Abubakar, the second son of the late emir, was until his appointment, the Santurakin Gombe.

Bage said following the death of the emir, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo had to reconstitute the council of kingmakers of the emirate.

He said that the emirate kingmaker submitted the names of three candidates to the government out of 10 applicants to the throne.

He said that after consultations with stakeholders, Dankwambo approved the appointment of Shehu-Abubakar.

The Chief Imam of Gombe Central Mosque, Khadi Aliyu Pindiga, presented a copy of the Holy Quran to the new emir on Friday.

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