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Shehu Idris is the 18th Fulani Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council and Kaduna State Emirate Council. He ascended the throne on February 8, 1975 following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.[1][2]

Shehu Idris
Sarkin Zazzau (Sarki is Hausa word for king)
Emir of Zaria
Reign1975 -
CoronationFebruary 8, 1975
PredecessorMuhammadu Aminu
Born (1936-02-20) 20 February 1936 (age 83)
FatherMalan Idrisu Auta
MotherHajiya Aminatu


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.[3]

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.[3] 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 Sarkin 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 and Kewaye.

Idris succeeded Sarki Aminu in 1975.


  1. ^ "Zazzau Emirate Council Member shot dead in Kaduna". Premium. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "I Owe Long Life, Peaceful Coexistence To Almighty Allah – Shehu Idris". Leadership Newspaper. Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Marshal, Adamu (January 14, 2015). "HH Alhaji Shehi Idris". Retrieved April 30, 2016.