[Biography] Full Biography Of Late Alhaji.Dr. Shehu Idris (GCFR) Emire Of Zazzau
May His Soul Rest In Peace
Shehu Idris (20 February 1936 – 20 September 2020) was the 18th Fulani Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council and Kaduna State Emirate Council. He ascended the throne on 8 February 1975 following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.
Early life and education
Idris was born to the family of Malam Idrisu Auta who was sometimes called Auta Sambo and Hajiya Aminatu. Idrisu Auta’s father was Sarkin Zazzau Muhammadu Sambo who reigned from c. 1879 to 1888 and Auta’s grandfather was Sarkin Zazzau Abdulkarimi who reigned from c. 1834 – 1846.
Idris started his education being tutored by two Islamic scholars in Zaria and then continued with formal studies at the Zaria Elementary School. He was at the elementary school from 1947 till 1950, during this period, the young Idris lost his father when he was 12 years old. Idris continued both his qur’anic and formal education and enrolled in the Zaria Middle School in 1950 and finished studies in 1955. He then attended Katsina Training College to become a teacher.
Later life and career
In 1958, he was a teacher at a school in Hunkuyi and then taught at a few other schools in Zaria. Thereafter, he left teaching. In the 1960s, he was a private secretary to the late Emir of Zazzau Muhammadu Aminu, he was also appointed as the secretary to the Zaria Native Authority council in 1965. In 1973, he was bestowed the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and was appointed the district head of Zaria.
Idris succeeded Emir Aminu after his death in 1975. On 10 January 2015 he celebrated his 40 years coronation anniversary, and on 8 February 2020, he celebrated his 45 years coronation anniversary.
Idris celebrated his 45th anniversary on throne in February, 2020 and died on Sunday morning 20th September, 2020 at the age of 84 at 44 Nigerian Army Reference hospital in Kaduna around 11am.