Machina is one of the remotest towns in Yobe State. Located about 300 kilometres north of Damaturu, the state capital, it is an emirate that prides itself of a rich cultural and historical background.
One of the unique things about the historical town is that snakes and human beings are friends and do not harm each other.
It is not clear when the fraternity between Machina Kingdom and snakes began. But one thing that is very clear is that the people of the kingdom do not joke with the relationship or take it for granted.
The enmity between man and snake may date back to creation, but the people of Machina are not ones to ever harm a snake.
At his palace in Machina, the Emir, Alhaji (Dr) Bashir Albishir Bukar Machinama, OON, explained the origin of the fraternity and the consequences of violating it in an interview with our correspondent.
He said: “The fraternity between human beings and snakes is one of the many things people want to know about Machina. It is based on some historical facts.