Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-makura on Saturday presented a staff of office to the new Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa 111.
The new monarch succeeds his father, Alhaji Muhammadu Chindo Yamusa 11, who died on December 4, 2015. He was aged 70 years and had been on the throne for 77 years.
A large crowd turned out to witness the ceremony that attracted governors, ministers, politicians, traditional rulers, among many other guests.
There was tight security in and around the venue of the event, with dignitaries struggling through the excited crowd on their way to pay their respects to the new ruler.
Some residents of Keffi, who spoke on the new man, described him as an asset that would help the city.
Mr Ali Garba, one of the residents of the city, said that the new Emir was a promoter of peace and a bridge builder.
“He is a man of integrity, transparency, accountability; that is why everyone is here to witness his coronation,” he said.
Garba said that the new traditional ruler’s late father was fair to everyone and treated everyone with love.
“The father did a lot; we expect his successor to continue from where he stopped,” he said.
Mr James Godwin, another resident, commended Almakura for appointing the new ruler to succeed his father.
“We have known him to be God fearing. We are happy that he is now the new Emir,” Godwin said.
He said that he would always pray for the Emir’s success, and urged others to equally pray for God’s guidance and protection to the Emir.
Mrs. Mary Ebere, another resident, expressed optimism that the new Emir would take Keffi to greater heights, considering the support he was enjoying from the people of the area.
She urged the people to rally round the new Emir, considering the importance of traditional institutions in the socio-economic development of the country.