By Janet Nyajon Audu
The Kunvyi of Wukari Manu Irimiya .D. Agbu on Friday January 28, 2022, installed Manu Ishaku Ada Ali as the 25th Aku-uka of the Kwararafa Kingdom following his selection by the four Kingmakers guided by the Supreme Oracle.
The event at “Puje,” a reserved area where all traditional and spiritual activities of the Jukunoid take place, was well attended.
It could be recalled that the Wukari Traditional Council had on Friday January 14, 2022, held Pankya, the official transition of former Aku Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu 11, who joined his ancestors in October last year, hence the selection and crowning of his successor, Manu Ishaku Ada Ali, within the period of two weeks exactly.
Our Correspondent, who was at the occasion, reports that “Pankan” is the selection, crowning and oath taking of the new Aku-Uka.
The two days programme commenced on Friday, with the arrival of Princes, Waziris and well wishers (only male) at 9.am from Bye-Vyi through Kuntsa to Puje, where the new Aku is going to spend tonight before entering Wuaki town tomorrow Saturday.
It was also gathered that the new Aku-Uka took his Oath of allegiance at 1.30pm at Kuntsa, a place believed to be the Land of the Immortals – reason women are deprived from entering Kuntsa and Nando. Only men with traditional titles matched in a long procession from Bye-vyi to Kuntsa where he took his oath of allegiance; followed by a long procession of 19 kilometres, with the crowned Aku to Puje where Son’s, Daughter’s of the Kwararafa Kingdom, dignitaries and VIPs, who already assembled and welcomed the new Aku with song and sporadic gunshots.
The Aku arrived Puje on a white horse, with a procession of “Akye” led by Princes and some tittle holders known as the red necks at 4.30pm.
Ishaku however addressed his subjects. His words: “I appreciate you all my subjects for your resilience and show of love. I solicit your support and cooperation to enable me succeed on this throne, let me also use this opportunity to call on my fellow contestants, who contested this position with me, to please join hands in moving this Kingdom to the greater heights because all of us cannot assent this throne at the sametime”.
He thanked the Governor of the state, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku, for going by the laid down traditional rules to see that the event was successful.
The governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Hon. Istifanus Gbana, expressed happiness over the success of the event backing the new Aku-Uka to bring peace and unity in the Jukun land, adding that the selection process was purely traditional without the interference of the government.
The new Aku is the the son of the 23rd Aku-Uka Ada Ali Agbumanu, who reigned from (1974-1976).
He is from the Bama ruling House.
Ishaku, born on 24th, March, 1946, holds Higher National Diploma (HND) in Forestry in 1986 from the Premier Federal College of Forestry Jos, Plateau State.
He joined the Civil Service in 1965 and retired in the year 2000 as Chief Forestry Superintendent after 35 years of meritorious service.
According to the statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Wukari Traditional Council, Mr. Agbu Jolly, the Aku-uka Truimphant entry to Wukari town from Puje alongside his wife and Wukuku, one of the former Aku’s wife is slated for Saturday 29th, Jan, 2022.