In Borno, kingship was hereditary and the king was assisted by a council of twelve.
The councilors were mainly from royal families and their appointment was for their life lime.
Distinguished and loyal slaves were also appointed as councilors. Thus, the important ones among them were:
- The Keigama – Commander-in-chief and warden
- The Yerima- Warden of the north
- The Galadima -Warden of the West.
- The Magira – The king’s official elder sister.
- The Gumsu – The first wife of the king, etc.