Ahmadu Bello’s Grandson, Danbaba Resigns as Magajin Gari Sokoto


The disagreement between the only grandson of the late Premier of Northern Region and Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Hassan Ahmed Danbaba and the Zonal Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Inuwa Abdulkadir, has taken a dramatic turn as Danbaba has reigned as the Magajin Gari of Sokoto.
Sources from the Sultanate Council informed THISDAY last night that Danbaba resigned because he was not happy with the way the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar III was handling his disagreement with Abdulkadir.
Danbaba was appointed 20 years ago by the late Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Maccido and the grandson of the former premier has been a member of Sultanate Council and Sokoto State Council of Chiefs and also the Chairman of the Finance and General Purpose Committee of the Sultanate Council.
THISDAY gathered that the Magajin Gari wrote the resignation letter and threw it at the Sultan and walked out on him.
A source said Danbaba was peeved with the Sultan because he was allegedly abusive and spoke to him rudely about issues concerning Abdulkadir.
Abdulkadir, also a former Minister of Youth Development, is contesting for the post of Marafan Sokoto, which became vacant with the death of Umaru Shinkafi.
Danbaba, it was gathered, had expressed his opposition to Abdulkadir’s bid for the prestigious title.
The source said: “The Magajin Gari of Sokoto could not take it anymore and he walked out on the Sultan.”
“We understand that prominent Nigerians have started making moves to reconcile the Sultan and the Magajin Gari, including the Emir of Gwandu, General Aliu Mohammed Guzzau (rtd) and Justice Moman Nasir, former President of the Court of Appeal.”
The source further alleged that the Sultan was said to have complained to the counsellors in the Sultanate Council that he could not tolerate the Magajin Gari wearing the shoes he bought for 150 pounds at Roux and Bromley, the same superstore where the Sultan also shops in London.
But THISDAY also learnt that despite these reconciliation moves, the Magaji Gari of Sokoto has been so adamant, saying he was no longer interested in the job and suggested that another person from the same ruling house as he could be appointed to give the job a trial.
When contacted, the Magajin Gari of Sokoto said he has worked for 20 years and wanted to go and start doing something else in life.
He alleged that it was the hatred that the late Sultan Abubakar, the father of the current Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar, had for his grandfather, the late Sardauna of Sokoto which made him to jail the late premier on phantom charges until he was set free by a judge in Zaria that was transferred to him by the current Sultan.