Following the demise of the Paramount Leader of PIRIGA Chiefdom, HRH Mallam Silas S Angai in September 2016, the reins of power were shifted to another ruling house based on the gazette for the creation of new chiefdoms in Kaduna state. It will be recalled that every traditional leader of the late Pukarma’s status ought to have a Waziri who is the second in command in the hierarchical structure of a chiefdom. Inter alia, his responsibilities include representing his principal at functions, in the event that his principal dies in office, he superintends over the affairs of the chiefdom, he also presides over the election of a new Pukarma, he is essentially the chairman of the king makers whose prerogative it is to elect a new traditional leader.

On the 9th/June/2018, at Fadan-Kahugu, the headquarters of PIRIGA chiefdom, Mr Bala Noba was turbaned as the Waziri to the present traditional leader, HRH Jonathan Zamuna. Mr Bala Noba hails from Kuduru-Kahugu, he was born on the 1st/July/1955 in his village, Kuduru-Kahugu which is the last settlement of the Kaguu (Kahugu) nation that shares a boundary with their neighbours, the Rumaiya of Kauru LGA around Rafin Yashi. He attended LEA Primary School Lere from 1963 to 1969 where he became the Head Boy, he started his secondary school education at GSS Lere before he was transferred to St Christopher’s Yarkasuwa from 1969 to 1972. He attended Kafanchan Teachers’ College from 1973 to 1977 and became Food Prefect and Sports Captain respectively. He started a teaching profession as a class teacher in Fadan Kahugu from 1977 to 1978, he was later transferred to St. John’s Kawan as a Head Teacher from 1978 to 1979. He later went back to Fadan-Kahugu as a Head Master from 1979 to 1981, he went back to Kuduru again as a Head Master from 1982 to 1983. Years later, he left the teaching profession and attended a course at the Social Development Center, Zaria where he obtained a certificate in Social Administration between 1983 and 1984. He later attended a Diploma Course at the Kaduna Polytechnic where he obtained a Diploma in Social Welfare Services. He started work in the Social Welfare Office in Lere LGA and was later transferred to Birnin Gwari in 1989, he was transferred again to Kauru in 1991 and later to Kaduna North LGA and in 2005. Again, he was later transferred to Ikara and Lere respectively. While in Lere, he rose to the rank of the Deputy Director, Social Administration and later became the Assistant Director, Social Welfare Services where he retired in 2012. From 2003 to 2017, he reigned as the Ward Head (Dakacin Kuduru) until he was along others, dethroned by governor Ahmed Nasiru Elrufai. Mr Bala Noba inherited the traditional leadership from his father, who was the first Ward Head in Kuduru and reigned between 1957 and 1967. It should be noted that in Kaguu (Kahugu) traditional society, traditional leaders were saddled with the responsibilities of preserving the peoples’ culture, maintaining peaceful and harmonious coexistence, collecting tax from the masses and remitting same to the government.

As at the time of filing this report in Mr Noba’s house, people had gathered in his residence to wish him well. One of his friends remarked thus: “from his profile that was read in the palace, any sane and responsible human being must have been convinced that Piriga is lucky to have our friend as the new Waziri. He is a disciplinarian, a very humble, assertive, humane, humble, hardworking and cultured compatriot. He encourages hard work, modesty, respect for elders and the sanctity of human life, he is not cowed, he is a very courageous and great son of the soil who is quick to listen but slow in making comments.” He has fulfilled the basic requirements of what our ancestor in philosophy, Plato called, “a philosopher king.” We wish Mr Noba a Christ-centred, God-directed and spirit-filled tenure. May God, the Commander-in-Chief of the Apostolic Army go before him to guide him, be above him to watch over him and beside him to protect him and be his shield, amen.

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