By Sameer Sanusi Chiroma Yusuf

Madakin Bichi, Alhaji  Nura Shehu Ahmad has described the role of the title of Madaki in any emirate, particularly in Kano and Bichi emirates, as the Chief Kingmaker.

Madakin Bichi who spoke in a chat with PALACE MONITOR on the significance of the title of Madaki, shortly after the coronation ceremony and presentation of Staff of Office to Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero by the Kano state Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, recently, as the second Emir of Bichi, said, Madaki is also called ‘Goje Uban Fadawa’ (leader of the Courtiers of the Palace)

“The duties of Madaki is the Chief Kingmaker in Kano Emirates became effective right after the Jihad of Shehu Usman bn Fodio”, Madaki stressed.

He further explained that the court of the Emir cannot go into session without at least two out of the four councillors and Madaki is one of them.

These Four, according to Madaki, are the custodians of the culture and the defenders of the Emir of which Madaki is their leader, together with Sarkin Bai, Sarkin Dawaki, Mai Tuta and Makama,who are the King Makers.

On the other hand, there are the custodians of the the Shari’a who are the Islamic Scholars like the Waziri.

There are also those that massage the ego of the Emir, the likes of Shamaki who when the Emir gestures, they  respond in chorus,saying “gyara kimtsi”.

He also added that there are those that enforce the instructions of the Emir, the likes of Sarkin Dogarai and Yari in those days who is the controller of Prisons. These are the members of the Emir’s council.

Madaki is the one that is christened as “Hutun Sarki”, that even in the absence of the Emir, all that is required to be done would certainly be done to the latter.

In his response as to the duties of Madaki in the event of the demise of the Emir, he elaborated that the moment it is announced that the Emir had departed life, all the royal regalia would be brought to Madaki and he would take them to the Government House and when a new Emir is appointed, he would be the one to adorn the Emir with the regalia.
Madakin Bichi also opined that the changing times had affected the workings of the Kingmakers in a way that they do not have the final say unlike during the old good days where governments do not interfere with the selection processes.

He also narrated that Madaki is also called “Kaura ja Yaki” that he is the war commander, as the name was coined from Madawaki, the commander of the horse men during wars.

He advised the government to leave the affairs of the tradition to the custodians of the people’s culture. He emphasized

Speaking earlier during the coronation ceremony,  Madaki Nura, who doubled as the Chairman of the Central Working Committee of the ceremony, thanked the Almighty Allah for sustaining his life and decreeing his appointment as the Madaki of Bichi by His Royal Highness the Emir, Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero.

Madaki Nura also thanked the Almighty Allah for making it possible for him to present Royal Regalia to the Emir of Bichi, just like his (Madaki)  late father the Madaki of Kano presented Royal Regalia to the father of the Emir of Bichi, late Alhaji (Dr) Ado Bayero, the day he was coronated as the 13th Emir of kano.

The Madaki therefore pledged his unalloyed loyalty to the Emir of Bichi and promised to serve him with all honesty the way his late father served the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji (Dr) Ado Bayero.

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