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Shehu Usman participated actively in the civil war between the Yusufawa and the Tukurawa when he negotiated an alliance with the Ningawa (Fika 1978: 66). Sarkin Kano Abbas appointed him Wambai at the beginning of the British colonial rule (Lovejoy, Mahadi and Mukhtar 1993: 71). The British first appointed him regent after the death of his younger brother Sarki Abbas, later they confirmed him substantive Sarki in May 1919.

Sarkin Kano Shehu Usman appointed his sons, Abdullahi Maibindiga, Abubakar and Muhammad as Wambai, Turaki and Tafida respectively. Wambai Abdullahi Maibindiga died in 1343 AH (September 1924) this had a devastating effect on his father who was hoping that Abdullahi Maibinga will succeed him. Turaki Abubakar was promoted to Wambai, and District Head of Kura, while Tafida Muhammadu was promoted to Turaki and Mahmud his younger brother was appointed Tafida and District Head of Ringim.

The aeroplane first landed at the present Kano Race Course during his reign. Prince Edward of England also visited Kano during this period. And a grand Durbar in which all the Northern Nigerian Emirs participated was held in his honour (East and Mani 1932: 57). The Emirate council chaired by Sarkin Kano Shehu Usman initiated many development projects.

The British colonial administration appointed a regency council to preside over the affairs of the Kano Emirate towards the end of his reign because of his ailing health. The members of the regency council were Waziri, Madaki and Sarkin Bai. He died on the 26th of April 1926 (1344 AH) (1978: 274).


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