Emir of Fika Celebrates 11th Anniversary Of Coronation
From, Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Emir of Fika, the Chairman, Yobe State Council of Chiefs, Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State and Coordinator Northeast Emirs Forum, Alhaji (Dr) Muhammadu Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idrissa CON, celebrated 11th anniversary on throne with prayers on 16th of March 2020.
In a statement signed by Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, Special Assistant Media, to the Emir indicated that the Royal Father who was (born 14 August 1956) was appointed 13th Emir, or traditional ruler, of the Fika Emirate on 16 March 2009. The emir’s palace is in Potiskum, Yobe State, Nigeria. The Emir (or Moi in the local language) is head of the Bole people.
“Early years the King was born in Potiskum on 14 August 1956, the eldest son of Alhaji Abali Ibn Muhammadu, the 12th Emir. He attended Kaduna Capital School (1963–1969), Barewa College, Zaria (1970–1974) and Land Dowel Tutors College in the United Kingdom (1975–1977). He went on to North Staffordshire Polytechnic (1977–1980) earning a bachelor’s degree in Modern Studies. He then attended the City University London, gaining a master’s degree from the Department of Sociology in 1983”.
“Returning to Nigeria,Muhammad Abali worked for a short period at the Owena Bank, Kano as a graduate trainee. He then joined the Nigerian Security Organization, serving in various departments including the Operations and Counter Espionage Units, and rising to the position of Senior Security/Intelligence Officer at the National Headquarters in Lagos. Resigning from the State Security Service (SSS) in June 1991, he founded a firm that supplies security-related equipment and services”.
“He was Chief Security Officer of the Nigerian Railway Corporation from December 1998 to June 2007, and then Security Coordinator for Total/Elf at the Abuja Office”.
“Muhammad Abali was given the title of Yeriman Fika in 2002, and on 28 February 2009 was turbaned as the District Head of Potiskum. Muhammad Abali became Emir in succession to his father in March 2009 after the Governor of Yobe State, Ibrahim Geidam, selected his name from a list of three candidates presented by the Fika Emirate kingmakers. Although the 13th Emir since the current Emirate was founded in 1805 during the upheavals of the Fulani jihad, the Emir counts as 43rd Emir according to the traditions of his people, who trace the Emirate back to the 15th century. In April 2010 Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam presented a first class Staff of Office to Idrissa, who was also Chairman of the Yobe State Council of Chiefs.
The ceremony was presided over by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III. Notable attendees included governors Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno, Danjuma Goje of Gombe, Danbaba Suntai of Taraba and Murtala Nyako of Adamawa”.
It could be recalled that the Emir has survived two terrorists attacks, one on his palace, the second was a suicide bomber attack on him after Friday prayers. Emir of Fika has been an advocate of peace and unity. In all his Sallah messages, he tries to unite his subjects and brings them closer to the Government in order to reap democracy dividend.
He stated that the Royal Father has on several occasions called on the heterogeneous community to live with one another peacefully and harmoniously. In May 2010, while turbanning three district heads at his palace, he again called on his subjects to live in harmony and support the government regardless of their religious, tribal or political affiliation. Talking to journalists in August 2010, the Emir called on religious leaders to prevent the spread of violence and to report groups that were likely to cause trouble to the authorities.
In June 2010 while answering questions during an interview with Journalists, he said that traditional rulers should have a constitutional role, acting as advisors to the government over day to day issues.
In an August 2010 interview he noted that the government often called on traditional rulers to resolve emergency issues such as the Boko Haram violence, and the constitution should therefore give them a more formal advisory position.
“In April 2010 Idrissa was appointed the 3rd Chancellor of the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom State. He succeeded his father, Alhaji Abali Muhammadu Idrissa, who was the 2nd Chancellor of the University.
Speaking at his installation, during which he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, the Emir responded to a statement by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan calling for efforts to improve university results. He said “the university must adopt a global perception if we must catch up with the Millennium Development Goals”.
He called on the Federal government to make education a national priority and to help the university achieve these ends.
In 2016 President Muhammad Buhari appointed Emir of Fika as the pioneer Chancellor of the Federal University Lokoja, Kogi State.
The Royal Father plays important supportive roles in the implementation of government policies and programmes especially health issues including meetings at Emergency Operations Center (EOC) with Dangote, Bill and Melinda Gates among other things.
He ensured the reconstruction of Potiskum and Fika central Mosques and others within Potiskum township.
“He is a true leader who acts with integrity and fairness to establish trust. Moi Fikka genuinely value his people thus created loyalty among the Emirate. He’s always in the business of assisting people realise their full potential and in doing so they inspire excellence”.
“The King of Fika listen without being condescending. He’s always willing to hear what others have to say without rushing to judgment. He’s patient and genuine in his desire to understand the thoughts and feelings of the people. He communicates openly and often. He rules one of the most cosmopolitan Emirates in Nigeria.”