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ROYAL FATHER OF THE WEEK: Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo Musdafa



ROYAL FATHER OF THE WEEK: Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo Musdafa
His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa, born in Yola on 13th February 1944 and was turbaned on 18 March 2010 as the Lamido of Adamawa in Adamawa State Northeastern Nigeria.

He is the eldest son of late Lamido Aliyu Musdafa. He attended Barewa College, Zaria and then Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained a Diploma in Law in 1969.

The Lamido later he attended North London Polytechnic (1973–1975) and St Clements University in the Turks and Caicos Islands (2000–2002).

He worked with the Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Port Authority and the National Freight Company. Joining the Gongola State civil service, he became a Commissioner for Works and later a Commissioner for Animal Health.

Barkindo was a director of the National Engineering and Technical Company (1991–1993), chairman of Stirling Civil Engineering Nigeria Limited (1991–2003) and chairman of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (2003–2005).

Barkindo’s father Aliyu Musdafa died on 13 March 2010 at the age of 88 after reigning for 57 years. His funeral was attended by 20 state governors and other dignitaries. Aliyu Musdafa had groomed Barkindo for the succession, appointing him Chiroma Adamawa in 1980, and placing him in the emirate council in 1987.

Barkindo’s appointment five days after his father’s death as the 12th Lamido of Adamawa was recommended by the emirate’s kingmakers after considering six candidates, two from each of the three ruling houses of the emirate, Yelwa, Sanda and Toungo. All eleven kingmakers cast their votes in favor of Lamido.

In May 2010 Barkindo said traditional titles were not for sale and would be given only to worthy candidates based on recommendations of the emirate’s king makers. In June 2010 he warned of the effects of climate change, advising farmers to plant hardy crops and saying the Adamawa emirate would support policies to improve agricultural productivity.

In September 2010, as Chairman of the Adamawa State Council of Chiefs and Emirs, Barkindo called on Muslims to ensure that they marked the Eid ul-Fitr celebration at the end of Ramadan on the same day throughout the state.

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ROYAL FATHER OF THE WEEK: Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo Musdafa

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