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|Nigeria gets new Islamic leader
||Nigeria gets new Islamic leader
(40 minutes later)
|A new Sultan of Sokoto, the spiritual leader of Nigeria's 70m Muslims, has been announced.||A new Sultan of Sokoto, the spiritual leader of Nigeria's 70m Muslims, has been announced.|
He is Colonel Sada Abubakar, the son of the late sultan Abubakar III and a military attache in Pakistan.
The late Sultan Mohammadu Maccido was killed in a plane crash on Sunday, along with 95 others.
|Like all sultans, Col Abubakar is descended from Uthman Dan Fodio, who led a 19th Century jihad to spread Islam across northern Nigeria.||Like all sultans, Col Abubakar is descended from Uthman Dan Fodio, who led a 19th Century jihad to spread Islam across northern Nigeria.|
Col Abubakar was chosen by a group of traditional rulers, known as kingmakers, who passed a shortlist of three to Sokoto State Governor Attahiru Bafarawa for the final decision.
Thousands of people have been gathered outside the sultan's palace in the northern state of Sokoto since Sunday to present their condolences over the late sultan's death.