Gombe: The King And A World Of Wisdom, By Aliyu Abdullahi
I travelled to Gombe, my hometown to celebrate the Eid-el- Adha of 2018 on the 20th of August 2018, and like any other time I found myself in Gombe, I usually go to the Emirate Palace to pay homage to my brother and King, Dr. Abubakar III, the emir of Gombe, this time around was no different. I sent message that I wanted an audience with the King, his personal assistant informed me the King was at a construction site supervising the building of a hospital but will see me after he is back, and this was just a day after Eid Day when he was supposed to be receiving and entertaining guests that throng from all corners of the World to see him, I was a bit surprised but not totally, knowing his passion for humanitarian work even long before he became the King.
At 9pm sharp I was at the palace and there were a lot of people waiting to see him, but he gave me an appointment for 9pm and he immediately called for me, I was ushered in by Adamu Mai Fulani, the King’s personal assistant, there I met another gentleman alone with the King, after I greeted the King, he asked after my welfare and that of my family, I allowed the gentleman I met to continue with his mission.
The intelligent gentleman, obviously a scholar of some sort wanted the permission of the King to commence a historical documentation of the life of the King and his ancestors as he has seen from the Sokoto Caliphate, I also thought it was a brilliant idea but the King thought different, in a very polite words full of wisdom, he informed the gentleman and I that this was not the time and definitely not his vision or mission now.
The King narrated to us the story of his grandfather, Abubakar II, who lived a very modest life and when he died in 1984 or 85, couldn’t boast of more than 10,000 Naira as personal wealth after ruling Gombe for 45 years at a time when Kings are the rulers, when the Native Authorities in the North were almost subordinate of the Emirates, no boxes of clothed to distribute among his surviving children as he normally gifts out his clothes after wearing them 3 or 4 times to the needy, that was the life of Abubakar II, he was a simple man who believed he was made King not because he was better than the rest of the community but to serve the people which he did very well, he was a just and fair king.
Now, his grandson, Abubakar III wishes to emulate his grandfather but he has bigger ambitions, higher vision and a totally different means of serving the People, like his Grandfather, he informed us that God Almighty choses him to be King not because he was better than us or the other contenders, but because God Almighty has a mission for him for the people of Gombe.
His big ambitions was to leave a legacy never seen by any King or traditional leader in the Country when it comes to serving the People, his vision is to uplift the people of Gombe completely, he wants to build Schools, Hospitals, Prayer Places such as Mosques, he wants to create employment for the teeming youth of Gombe.
Now, the beautiful part of this King’s vision or dream is, it was already in progress, he has built the Schools, Hospitals and he has secured more than 200 slots of job placements in both State and Federal Government for the People of Gombe, he has created thousands of direct jobs through his construction of schools and hospitals, but he is still not satisfied to have considered himself to have achieve anything yet in the history of the world to the extent that he will have someone commence the writing of his biography, so he declined the offer from the gentleman politely.
He insisted that now is time for developmental projects, and the good thing is when he completed any project, he immediately hands it over to the community as their own project and not his project or in his name, he wanted the people to own it as stakeholders.
The King also told me that he does not go about seeking for patronage such as Government Contracts, he said this diminishes the institution of which the traditional leaders are supposed to protect, and that when a King ventures out of his roles, he belittles the throne and what we held as sanctity of our cultural values.
These were his exact words to me, I couldn’t stop smiling and nodding my head in total agreement with him, and I found myself wondering, how in the world did this brother of mine, now my King and my pride acquired such a world of wisdom in such a young age, and by the way, he happens to be the youngest first class king in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Now, His royal highness, Dr. Abubakar III is a man of few words, and I thought I should share this encounter with the world, particularly the people that do not know him well or what he stands for.
Long live the King, Dr. Abubakar III
Long live the Bubayero Dynasty
Long live the people of Gombe State