The Jukuns in Taraba State made history again on Friday, 28th January, 2022 as Manu Ishaku Ada emerged as the 25th Aku Uka of Wukari.
The Jukuns, particularly, those who are below 45 years old that may not have witnessed the selection and crowning of a new Paramount Ruler of the Kwararrafa Kingdom, since the last crowning of Aku Uka was installed in 1976.
The immediate past Aku Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu II who joined his Ancestors on the 8th October, 2021 reigned for over four decades as the 24th Aku Uka, when hesuceeded Mal. Ada Ali, the father of the new coronated Aku Uka, HRH. Ishaku Manu Ada Ali.
It is pertinent ro note that at the time when Dr. Shakarau Angyu Masa-Ibi Kuvyu II, ascended the throne, Wukari was in the defunct Gongola State but with the creation of Taraba State in 1991 by Nigeria only military president, Rtd. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Aku became the highest ranking traditional ruler in Taraba.
Having be selected by the four Kingmakers guided by the Supreme Oracle,
the Kunvyi of Wukari, Manu Irimiya, installed Manu Ishaku Ada Ali as the 25th Aku-Uka of the Kwararrafa Kingdom,
The ceremony that look place at “Puje” a reserved area where all traditional and spiritual activities of the Jukunoid take place, was well attended by sons and daughters of Yukon land, among well-wishers.
Our Correspondent who was among many that we’re privileged to witness the occasion for the first time reports that “Pankan” is the selection, Crowning, and Oath-taking of the new Aku-Uka.
ABCNEWS gathered that the event which lasted for two days commenced with the arrival of Princes who all alpeared in ‘White Attire’ tied to their waists before the new Aku-Uka took Oath of allegiance at Kuntsa
The Aku arrived at Puja on a White Horse with a procession of “Akye” led by Princes and some tittle holders known as the red necks at 4.30 pm.
The new Aku Uka in his address said, “I appreciate you all my subjects for your resilience and show of love. I solicit your support and cooperation to enable me to succeed on this Throne.”
He also urged his fellow contestants who contested with him “to please join hands in moving this Kingdom to greater heights because all of us cannot ascend this Throne at the same time.”
Ishaku Manu Ada Ali appreciated the state Governor Darius Ishaku for ensuring that the laud down traditional rules was followed culminating in the success of the event.