By Muhammad Jalal.
The Director- General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar has been officially turbaned as Sardaunan Katsina by His Royal Highness, Dr. Abdulmumin Kabir, the Emir of Katsina.
Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar is said to be a descendant of Muhammad Maude, a warrior and warlord of repute, who established Unguwar Maude in Katsina in the last quarter of the 19th century.
The turbaning ceremony which took place at the Katsina Emir’s Palace amidst pomp and pageantry was witnessed by dignitaries from within and outside the country.
Addressing the large crowd of well wishers shortly before the coronation, the Emir of Katsina said that the conferment of the
the prestigious and legendary tittle of Sardaunan Katsina on the NIA Boss was in appreciation of his meritorious career service in Katsina, Nigeria and the international community as well as his commitment to hard work and trustworthiness.
” He is the most qualified person deserving of the title having demonstrated tremendous and selfless service to Katsina State and the country at large” the Emir said”
The royal father seized the opportunity to appeal to leaders in the country to be more committed to their responsibilities of ensuring good leadership in the country.
The Emir, who identified tribalism and religious sentiments as factors responsible for the nation’s woes, urged citizens to steer clear of such so that the country could move forward.
In his response, the Surdaunan of Katsina, Amb..Ahmed Rufai Abubakar appreciated all who attended the turnbaing ceremony from within and outside the country even as he wished them safe returned to their various destinations.
The new Sardaunan Katsina, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar is a recipient of many awards.