History have it that Sir Frederick Lugard established Kaduna in 1917 as the capital of the Northern Protectorate to replace Zungeru. It is in the spirit of celebrating the centenary of Kaduna as the capital of the Northern Protectorate, now 19 northern states, that a series of events were organized including exhibitions, lectures and a grand durbar.
More than 3000 colourfully decorated horses and camels from Northern royalty were used for the grand durbar to mark the centenary celebration on Saturday 16th December, 2017. Emir of Gombe and the Chairman Gombe State Councill of Chiefs & Emirs HRH Alh. Dr Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III steals the show with the highest number of carefully decorated horses highly planned for the durbar to the amazement of all the participants at the very important historic event.
We can recall that the 9th Emir of Gombe and the grandfather to the current 11th Emir of Gombe HRH Alh. Abubakar Umar won the FESTAC Durbar in 1977 at Kaduna, so the entire scenario is more like history repeating itself when HRH Alh. Dr Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III overshadowed all other Emirs in the old Northern Protectorate to win the 1st position, followed by the Emir of Zazzau and the Emir of Kano with 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.