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BRIEFS AND HISTORY OF THE PEOPLE OF NAMU DISTRICT

Namu is a predominantly inhabited by the indigenous Goemai ethnic group. Like their kinsmen in the present Kwo Chiefdom ( Kwande) of Qua'an-pan Local Government area and Dorok in Shendam Local Government area, the Goemai people of Namu District are said to have migrated from middle East along with their kindred tribes like the Jukuns, the Alagos, the Igalas and others to form what was known as the Kwararafa Empire.

The disintegration of Kwararafa Empire over two centuries ago sow the movement of the Goemai people to their present locations in Shendam and Qua'an-pan Local Government areas while some sections of the Goemai people are also to be found in some parts of Langtang South Local Government area of Plateau State and Awe Local Government area of Nasarawa State. In the case of the Goemai people of Namu, their movement terminated in the present Namu District where they founded the present town of Namu (Japjan) and several other Goemai villages in District like Lankaku, Njak, Janta, Kwari, Aningo, Toeroem, Yayil, Dungkung, Dadin-kowa, Kayarda, Koplong, Nkum, e.t.c under their leader and Chief, Nfum, the first Longjan (Chief of Namu).

As it is the case with other Kwararafa nationalities, the Goemai people of Namu District have a long and cherished history of organised traditional institution akin to modern - day administrative structure and Government such as the Longjan (the Chief of Namu) who is the of Government, the Nuwang (or the Galadima who is next to the Longjan) who performed the duties of the Prime Minister and a retinue of other Ministers like kumbou (Madaki), Kurgul (Sangari), Kanglu (Makonguji) and other title and portfolio holders.

So far, Namu has 14 rulers or Chiefs (The Longjan) in recorded history. They are as follows:

* 1- Nfum (1732 - 1745) = Installed at Wukari.

* 2- Moegur Nfumfum (1748 - 1753) = Installed at Wukari.

* 3- Akaku Moegurum (1754 - 1762) = Installed at Wukari.

* 4- Kurmiap Moegurum (1763 - 1798) = Installed at Wukari.

* 5- Usman Agaku (1798 - 1823) = Installed at Bauchi.

* 6- Ala Agaku (1824 - 1860) = Installed at Bauchi.

* 7- Maraya Usman (1862 - 1906) = Installed at Bauchi.

* 8- Tsenlong Usman ( 1907 - 1912) = installed at Kwande.

* 9- Ahmadu Ala (1914 - 1920) = Installed at Kwande.

* 10- Magaji Ala (1922 - 1930) = Appointed by D. O in Shendam and Installed at Namu.

* 11- Ali Dainaan (1932 - 1955) = Appointed by the D.O in Shendam and installed at Namu.

* 12- Sulaiman Allahnana Magaji I (1957 - 1995) = Appointed by the D. O and installed at Namu.

* 13- Hon. Miskoom Umaru Kwande Allahnana Magaji II (former member of the Plateau State House of Assembly in the Third Republic (1996 - 2009) = Appointed by His Excellency the Military Administrator of Plateau State. Colonel Habibu Idris Shu'aibu, MSS FSS PSC and installed at Namu.

* 14- Miskoom Dr. Safiyanu Sulaiman Allahnana Magaji III (2020 - Date) = Appointed by His Excellency Governor of Plateau State Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong and installed at Doemak.

In recognition of the esteemed and independent status of the Longjan and the rich cultural heritage of the Goemai people of Namu embedded in the very distant history, the colonial administration upgraded Namu to the status of a District in 1935. In further recognition of this status, the colonial administration appointed the Longjan (Chief of Namu) as co- Chairman of the erstwhile Koffiar sub- Federated Native authority No less was it also in recognition of his enviable and exalted status that the Longjan, as an independent Chief, used to attend the annual conference of Northern Emirs and Chiefs in Kaduna for over 20 years with his colleagues like Kong Kwo of Kwo (Kwande) Chiefdom, the Long Dorok of Dorok Chiefdom, the Muo Youm of Youm ( Garkawa) Chiefdom, the Ponzhi Zhi (Gazum) the P onzhi Taroh ( Langtang), and the Long Goemai of Shendam among others.
The people of Namu also have a rich cultural heritage founded and well-known values and well-established norms of the ancient Kwararafa Empire. Some common cultural beliefs and practice as well as socio-religious include the Kuamteng, Matkoeroem, Pang Matlong, Loko, Ashama, Nashi, Gya-Gora, Gya-Kyan, and Mangap, to mention just afew.

Al- ameen Muhammad
Idris Musa Attahiru
FOR: Media aid to the Longjan of Namu Chiefdom Qua'an pan LGA, Plateau State.
13th October, 2021.
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