Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, presented the new Emir of Lere, Alhaji Suleiman Umaru, with the staff of office on Thursday.
His uncle, late Sarki Abubakar II, who died in April 2021, was replaced by the new emir.
Sarkin Lere was a former military governor of Sokoto State and a retired Brigadier General. The late emir, an educationist, founded Essence International School in Kaduna with his wife.
Among the other candidates, the new emir is 61 years old and a former General Manager of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
During his speech, El-Rufai urged the new monarch to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, who led the people of Lere with a fear of God.
The governor told the people of Lere that his administration was committed to their well-being.
“I enjoin you to emulate the late emir, Sarki Abubakar II, and rule the people of Lere with the fear of Almighty Allah and justly,” El-Rufai said.
The new king, the 14th emir of Lere, earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria in 1985 and a master’s degree in business administration from the same institution in 2000.