The Grand Durbar of the 100 years celebration since the creation of Kaduna State held today 16 December 2017, the event which held at the Murtala Square Kaduna where Northern Governors, Royal Fathers, Stakeholders and the general public were in attendance.
The Emire of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II who was one of the royal fathers of the day arrived the event in the same Rolls Royce Convertible his Grand Father Emir Muhammed Sanusi I use in the Kaduna Durbar of 1956.
The Durbar which was a colorful display of horse riders dressed in beautiful ancient battle garments and the traditional cultural display was attended by a Mammoth crowd of people from all over the state and beyond.
The event kicked off with the Singing of the national anthem after most of the royal fathers in attendance had taken their seat followed by an address by notable dignitaries from across northern Nigeria.
The Governor of Kaduna state Malam Nasir El-Rufai addressed the crowd and said: “Thus, we celebrate the first 100 years of Kaduna, not because they have been perfect. We celebrate, not because there has not been regrettable incidents in this city. We celebrate because the promise of Kaduna endures. We celebrate because its residents are resilient”.
“We celebrate because there is a future, a chance to reclaim the glory, break new ground and make Kaduna an example of diversity and integration, a dynamo of progress and a model of development. We celebrate because the stains and losses of the past are not our destiny. We Celebrate because we know that we can be better, and Kaduna is ready to be great again”.
Other Top Dignitaries also addressed the gathering, notable among them included Former Vice President Architect Namabi Sambo, Governor of Borno State Kashim Shettima, The Shehu Of Borno.
Kaduna state was founded by the British in 1913 and became the capital of Nigeria’s former northern region which was made up of Zaria and Katsina in 1917, and it retained this status until 1967 when it became the capital of the north-central state which was later renamed Kaduna state in 1976.
The word ‘kaduna’ is said to come as a result of a narrative linked to the Hausa word for crocodile (Kada) in the river Kaduna, this is contested by the Gbagyi people known to have lived in the area for centuries. That the word ‘kaduna’ is said to be Gbagyi word for a river. But the name Kaduna was taken up by Lord Fredrick Lugard and his colonial colleagues when they moved the capital of the then northern region from zingers to Kaduna.
The Durbar would be followed by a Gala Night put together by the Organised Private Sector.