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

Shehu-Abubakar is the second son of the late emir and was until his appointment the Santurakin Gombe.

Late Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar Photo: Gombe Govt.

Late Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar
Photo: Gombe Govt.

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.

Born on 17 December 1977, in Gombe town, the new emir attended Gombe Children Primary School, Gombe, between 1982 and1988; and Government Science Secondary School, Gombe, between 1989 and 1995.

He attended the University of Maiduguri from 2001 to 2005 where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.

Shehu-Abubakar was a Supervisory Councillor in the Gombe Local Government Council between 2006 and 2007.

He became the Personal Assistant to the Director of Administration, Ministry of Defence, Abuja, from 2007 to 2009, and later Chairman, Kliptown Lagoon Nigeria Ltd., as well as Executive Director, Horizon Interlinks Global Resources.