Kano Is Home To All Nigerians –  Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaks during the coronation of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano State on July 3, 2021. Photo: State House.

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday said Kano State is home to all Nigerians and a place where they can co-exist peacefully regardless of differences.

Osinbajo stated this in Kano during the coronation of Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as the 15th Emir of Kano, where he represented President Muhammadu Buhari.

The event which drew dignitaries from far and wide featured, besides the administration of the oath, and the formal presentation of the Staff of Office to the Emir, traditional rites, prayers, recitals and speeches.

While conveying the President’s warm felicitations and personal good wishes to the State government and people of Kano, Osinbajo described the coronation as ‘historic’, while noting that Kano is revered as a major commercial and economic centre in sub-Saharan Africa.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo addresses the crowd during the coronation of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano State on July 3, 2021. Photo: State House.

 

“We are all proud of this city; proud of its legacy of tolerance and warmth and very proud that it indeed remains home to all and for all Nigerians, regardless of tribe and ethnicity, and the melting pot of diverse tribes and cultures assimilated into a robust, vibrant and cohesive whole,” he said.

“It is only the tolerance of the culture of Kano, where opposite ideas can co-exist peacefully, that you could have a thriving free-market economy, with several millionaires and yet also be the base of the radical left of Centre political ideas.  This is after all the city of the socialist man of the masses, Mallam Aminu Kano, and many of his disciples.  Kano is also the home of the richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote.”

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Congratulating the Emir of Kano on his coronation, the Vice President said: “Your Royal Highness, it is this great city over which God has given you the good fortune of being Monarch, a privilege which you know comes with the obligation of preserving these rich traditions of the brotherhood of all tribes and tongues.

Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje presents the Staff of Office to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero during his coronation at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano State on July 3, 2021. Photo: State House.

 

“You inherit not only one of the most revered thrones in Africa, but on a more personal level, your great father was known for his wisdom, courage and integrity. He loved his people and served them with honor and complete commitment. You have a goodly heritage but a particularly difficult act to follow. But we are confident that by the grace of God you will exceed the reputation of your illustrious forebears.

“So today, as you ascend the throne of your fathers, carrying with you the love and trust of your people, I can only offer you a prayer: I pray that this land will prosper in your reign, I pray that the Almighty God will be merciful to you and to the people of this land and that his hand will be upon you to guide and direct you daily. Your family and tribe will increase, your days will be long, and as your days so shall your strength, your wisdom and your favour with God in Jesus name. Amen.”

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaks to the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero during his coronation at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano State on July 3, 2021. Photo: State House.

 

Osinbajo also congratulated Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje for “midwifing a generational change of guards that only a few will experience in their lifetimes,” adding that “the swearing-in and handing over of the Staff of Office to the new Emir of Kano is in fulfillment of the extant law and practice of the installation of Emirs.”

The event was attended by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; governors of Katsina, Aminu Bello Masari; Kebbi, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu; Bauchi, Bala Mohammed; Jigawa, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar; Kogi, Yahaya Bello; Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal; Zamfara, Bello Matawalle.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje and the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero pose for a group photograph during the coronation at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano State on July 3, 2021. Photo: State House.

 

Also present were the Ministers of Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (Retd.); and Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono; as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Abubakar III, and other traditional rulers.

Buhari Lauds Late Ado Bayero As Son Wears Emir Of Kano Crown

Emir Ado Bayero is the 15th Emir of Kano.
Emir Ado Bayero is the 15th Emir of Kano.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, describing him as a man of remarkable culture and principles, who staked his own life at several junctures in the defence of his people.

Buhari also shared some memories and anecdotes of his interactions with the late Emir whom he said was his friend, asking the new Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero to copy the example of his father.

“I remember with nostalgia, the passion and commitment he always exhibited in pursuit of any cause he believed in, a distinctive character that almost cost him his life prematurely on January 19th, 2013 because of his vociferous stand against Boko Haram terrorists,” the President said via his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

The President expressed his belief in Aminu Ado Bayero, saying, “I have confidence that you would exhibit such leadership qualities and much more as you have demonstrated in the few months of your Emirship.”

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In the letter as delivered to the new Emir, President Buhari extended “deep and wholehearted congratulations to you for your ascension to the throne of you fore-fathers as the 15th Fulani Emir of Kano from Sullubawa Clan, culminating in a well-deserved installation scheduled to take place on Saturday, 3rd July 2021.”

He added that “Your turbaning is providential because it is happening at a time in the history of our country when prevailing social and political conditions resonate with the ascension to the throne of my friend, your late father, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero. May his soul Rest In Peace.”

The President prayed for the success of the Emir, saying he looked forward to his contributions to uplifting the people of Kano Emirate in particular and the nation in general, assuring him of his “total support for you to leave a sustainable legacy.”

Those that represented the President included the Chief of Staff, Ministers of Defense, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd); Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono; Water Resources, Engineer Sulaiman Adamu; Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, as well as the Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu and Yusuf Buhari, the president’s son.

Ganduje’s Creation Of Kano Emirates Was To Carry Everyone Along, Says Bayero

Emir Ado Bayero is the 15th Emir of Kano.
File photo of the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero

 

The Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero said the creation of Bichi, Karaye, Gaya, and Rano Emirates council by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje was to carry everyone along.

Bayero disclosed this on Tuesday while receiving his Karaye counterpart, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar II on an allegiance visit over his confirmation as permanent Chairman, Kano State council of chiefs.

“The rationale behind establishing an additional four Emirates was to bring the subjects closer to the traditional leaders,” he said while reiterating his resolve to ensure justice and fairness for all.

“Nothing good will be achieved by going in isolation; my doors remain open for complimenting any effort that will go a long way in improving the lots of the teeming populace.”

New Emir Of Kano Makes Way Into Palace

 

The 15th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero made his way into the palace late Wednesday hours after receiving his letter of appointment from Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Hundreds of Kano residents stormed the palace to witness the Emir’s traditional entry into the palace through a carved door, a traditional symbol that seals Bayero’s installation as Emir.

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Royal guards and traditional dances featured as the Emir entered the traditional Soron Shekara and then to Soron Ingila, which is the Emir’s official residence within the palace where he receives homage from members of the royal family and other traditional rulers.

A graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano and a trained pilot, Bayero spent most of his life serving the Kano Emirate.

He held many traditional titled including Turaki, Sarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida, Wambai of Kano.

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He was the Emir of Bichi before his appointment as the Emir of Kano.

According to sources within the Kano Emirate, Bayero is one of the most loved Emirs after his father who united the palace during his reign as the Tsarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida, and further extended his influence when appointed as Wambai of Kano.

In the coming days, Bayero will be fully engaged in normal traditional functions, including presiding over the meeting of the Kano council of traditional rulers.

A special Durbar festival is also scheduled to hold in honour of the Emir, as well as special prayer sessions for peace and stability in Kano.

 

President Jonathan Appoints Ado Bayero As New NPA Boss

UNPresident Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Mr Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero, as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

Mr Sanusi, a lawyer, from Kano State takes over from Mallam Habib Abdullahi, who has been relieved of his appointment as Managing Director of the NPA.

In a statement by President Jonathan’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, the appointment of the new NPA Managing Director takes effect from Thursday, April 30.

President Jonathan thanked the outgoing managing director for his services and wished him well in his future endeavours.

APC Demands International Inquiry Into Buhari Assassination Attempt

Buhari Bomb damageThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for an international inquiry into Wednesday’s assassination attempt on its leader, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd), to unravel the motive and the perpetrators of the dastardly act that could have plunged the country into a deep turmoil, had it succeeded.

In a statement issued in Benin on Sunday by its National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, the party said that it does not have the confidence that the Nigerian security agencies could carry out an impartial investigation, because they work for the Government instead of the nation.

It said that the call has become more urgent because the agents of the Federal Government have started muddling the waters with their statements and actions on the attack.

”How does one explain a situation in which a man who is nothing but a pervert is now being paraded as the suspected ‘mastermind’ of the attack on Gen. Buhari? At what point was this man, who perhaps is nothing but a transvestite plying his trade, arrested? Is it not clear, from the statement released by Gen. Buhari himself after the attack, that it was clearly the handiwork of a suicide bomber?

”Could the person who drove the vehicle that was rammed into the General’s convoy have survived the explosion that was triggered by that action? Could the innocent passers-by who died in the blast not have been arrested and paraded as the ‘suspected masterminds’ if they had survived the blast? Clearly, the arrest of the pervert and his sickening description as a ‘suspected mastermind’ have kick-started the process of muddling the waters, as is usually the case with such high-profile cases.

”This is why an urgent international inquiry into the attack is desirable and imperative, and anyone who is committed to an impartial probe of the attack on the opposition leader should embrace our call”, APC said, adding that the insurgency and its spin-offs were clearly beyond the capability of the Federal Government.

The party also said that the call has been further justified by the statements and insinuations emanating from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Presidency, both of which they accused of “pointing accusing fingers at the same party (APC) that is clearly the target of the failed assassination attempt” on one of its top leaders.

”The questions to ask the purveyors of such repugnant theories are: Did the late Emir of Kano also stage the attack on his convoy? Did the other Emirs who were attacked, with at least one of them killed recently, also stage the attack against themselves? Did Gen. Muhammed, Shuwa, who was killed by gunmen in Maiduguri in 2012, also stage the attack on himself?” it asked.

The party expressed confidence that the masterminds of the failed assassination attempt on its leader would be exposed, whether or not the Government agrees to its call for an international inquiry.

Kano Emirate: Mohammed Sanusi Promises To Reform Institutions

Emir SanusiAs the fourteenth Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi, the second, finally settles into the palace, he is already taking stock of how he intends to make his impact felt positively.

In an exclusive interview with Channels Television correspondent, Gbenga Ashiru, at his residence in Kano, the Emir discussed the challenge of threat to peace and stability in the North.

Alhaji Sanusi said that his focus would be on institutional reforms, including the promotion of girl child education, adult literacy, primary health care, and reducing unemployment.

He said, “You know the ambition of every prince is to succeed to the throne of their forefathers and we are grateful to Allah that he has chosen us for the role at this point in time and we pray that we are given the wisdom to carry out the responsibilities that the burden placed on our shoulders entail.”

On the challenges he envisages as he steps into the shoes of his ancestors, the Emir noted that first among these was the challenge of stepping into the shoes of the late Emir, Ado Bayero, whom he referred to as a great man who had led the city for 51 years, having been the Emir of Kano since 3 years after Nigeria’s independence.

The new Emir also noted that stepping unto the throne at a time when there were security challenges in the North, there was need to reform the institution and improve its role and focus on major areas of the economy as these were the foundation for peace and security.

He expressed hope that his experience as a banker and economist would help in this direction.

“It’s always about improving the level of engagement with Government at the state, local and federal levels, ensuring that the benefits that should accrue to the people come, giving advice and encouraging the people to embrace initiatives that would help improve their lot”, he said.

Amaechi Was In Kano To Condole With State Governor- Commissioner

Gov-Rotimi-Amaechi3The Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Ibim Semenetari, on Monday stated that the presence of the State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, in Kano state was to condole with the Kano State Governor on the death of the former Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero and had nothing to do with the emergence of the new Emir.

The Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, was reportedly barred from leaving the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the Governor “had to force his way out of the airport in Kano”.

The Federal Government, who grounded an aircraft belonging to the Rivers State Government, seized it again less than two weeks after its release.

No reason has been given for the act by the Federal Government.

Fashola Condoles With Kano Government, People Over Bayero’s Passage

Gov FasholaaThe Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Friday condoled with the government and people of Kano State and all Nigerians on the death of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji (Dr) Ado Bayero.

In a letter of condolence to the family of the late respected Emir, the Governor said that his death would leave a vacuum in the country, as the late king did his best to uphold the unity of Nigeria.

He added that for the over 51 years he spent as the traditional ruler of Kano, he made his mark as a worthy trailblazer who was concerned about the welfare and progress of not just his people but the entire nation.

The Governor noted that Bayero, apart from being a revered traditional ruler, also contributed his quota to the development of Nigeria in his role as Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, and subsequently, of the University of Ibadan.

“Nigerians will not forget his impact as one of the greatest leaders produced by our country and he will forever live on in our hearts,” he said.

He said that the late Emir’s name was synonymous with royalty, dedication and good leadership, the virtues that distinguished him among his equals and urged the family to take comfort in the legacy left behind which, he said, would stand the test of time.

The Governor prayed Almighty Allah to grant him Al Jannah Firdaus.

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, passed on peacefully on Friday morning at the age of 83.

President Jonathan, Amosun Condole With Family Of Late Emir

jonathan_goodluckPresident Goodluck Jonathan has received with immense sadness and a deep feeling of great national loss, news of the passing away of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero earlier today.

“The government and the people of Nigeria and President Jonathan commiserate with the Emir’s family and the people of Kano”, in a statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati.

The President joins them in mourning the monarch who will always be remembered by the people of Kano and all Nigerians for his immense wisdom and competence, as well as for using his exalted throne to build bridges of unity, friendship and harmony across the nation.

President Jonathan prayed that the almighty Allah will receive the late Emir’s soul and grant the good people of Kano a worthy successor who will carry on his good works and wise rule for the well-being and benefit of all Nigerians.

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun also expressed deep regret at the death of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero (CFR), who died at the age of 83.

The governor expressed his condolences to the government and people of Kano State, the State Emirate Council and Nigeria in general on the exit of the foremost traditional ruler.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun described Bayero as one of the revered traditional rulers in Nigeria, who preached peace and believed in the unity of the country.

“The death of Alhaji Ado Bayero is regrettable because, even at his age, he was in the vanguard of efforts to curb the activities of insurgents in the North.

“As a royal father, he was committed to the development of his people and Nigeria as he deployed his influence to foster peace and attract development to the emirate and by extension, the State as a whole. We can only hope that his colleagues will follow the good work he started.

Jonathan Congratulates Shagari At 89, Commiserates With Emir Of Kano

Nigeria’s first democratically-elected President, Shehu Shagari

President Goodluck Jonathan has written to congratulate Nigeria’s first democratically-elected Executive President, Shehu Shagari, on the occasion of his 89th birthday, on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the letter was addressed to the former President at his residence in Sokoto.

President Jonathan praised his continued dedication to the unity and well-being of the nation.

“On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, I write to felicitate with you as you celebrate your 89th birthday anniversary.

“May Almighty Allah ceaselessly prosper you and bless you with robust health as you continue to give of yourself in the service of our dear nation,” President Jonathan wrote.

President Jonathan wished Alhaji Shehu Shagari a very happy birthday and also conveyed assurances of his highest consideration and warm personal regards to the former President.

The President has also written to commiserate with the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero on the death last Friday of the Tafidan Kano, Alhaji Tijani Abubakar.

“On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on my own behalf, I write to commiserate with Your Highness, the people of Kano Emirate, and the entire people of Kano State on this sad loss,” President Jonathan wrote.

He prayed that Almighty Allah would grant the Emir, Alhaji Tijani’s family and the people of Kano the fortitude to cope with the painful loss of the Tafidan.

Police Arrest Seven For Attack On Emir Of Kano Attack

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the attack on the Emir of Kano Ado Bayero which led to the death of six people including three palace guards and a local government official.

The Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero

Addressing a news conference in Kano, the state Police Commissioner Ibrahim Idris said that eight other suspects have been declared wanted.

The Commissioner disclosed that the suspects voluntarily confessed to have participated in the attack and other insurgencies within Kano metropolis.

Adamu Sani, the leader of the paraded gang of six, confessed to have taken part in the operation.

He also revealed that he was introduced in to the Boko Haram by one Malam Salisu Muhammed of Unguwa Uku quaters and Malam Sharif Gali, the Imam of Filin cashew in Kano.

Meanwhile the police command has declared eight other people wanted including an Islamic scholar living at Unguwa Uku quaters.

The command has appealed to Kano residents to assist in arresting the wanted terrorists.