Emir of Lagos: Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Bambado, the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos
Emir Of Lagos Emerges!
This is Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Bambado (49), the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos seated on his throne, with a hand crafted golden cow-head chair.
The ‘Emir Of Lagos, in the South West Of Nigeria is a businessman and his company strives on the juicy business of Ports Handling at the prime seaport.
In the cover photo [above] Mohammed Abubakar Bambado, the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos, poses for a portrait on his throne in his palace at the district of Surulere in Lagos, Nigeria, on April 29, 2019. – Mohammed Bambado is a prominent businessman who was crowned as the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos, and Chairman of the Association of Fulani Chiefs in South West Nigeria and he advocates and protects the interest of Fulani and Hausa-Fulani people in the Lagos State and other areas of South West Nigeria.
He is also a king.
The Sarkin Fulani of Lagos is one of Nigeria’s most influential members of a mainly Muslim community of nomadic herders from the far north, at a time when relations with the country’s largely Christian farmers are deteriorating.
All of those waiting for an audience to air their problems in Bambado’s cramped assembly room are ethnic Fulani-Hausa, two closely-tied northern ethnic groups. But few of them know the herding life.
Fulani-Hausa now make up around a quarter of the population of Lagos — around five to seven million people — in the ethnically Yoruba-dominated south of Nigeria.
The congregation is overwhelmingly urban — district chiefs kneel alongside the representatives from the ranks of the “okada” motorcycle taxis and the beggars who wander between the racing traffic in downtown Lagos.
On December 2, 2018, the Sarkin Fulani told then governorship candidate of the All progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to remember the Arewa community if God assists him to become governor next year.
Alhaji Mohammed Bambado made the demand when welcoming Sanwo-Olu paid him courtesy visit in his palace in Surulere for royal blessings ahead of the March 2, 2019 governorship election.
In his remark, Sanwo-Olu commended the able leadership of the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos for the peaceful atmosphere in his domain and the firm control of his subjects.
Sanwo-Olu expressed his delight over his ‘small home coming’ having spent over 35 years growing up in Surulere, stressing that, as a candidate, he has come as a subject to express his regard, honour, pay homage and visitation to important stake holders in the state.
Sanwo-Olu said, “I realise the Fulani/Arewa community in Lagos is important stake holders, and to acknowledge the rulership of Your Highness and your followers that cannot be put aside.”
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