Emir Of Kano, Ado Bayero Dies At 83

emir_of_kano_alhaji_ado_bayeroOne of Nigeria’s foremost Traditional Rulers, the Emir of Kano has died at the age of 83.

Alhaji Ado Bayero died as a result of long illness, at about 12 midnight.

On many occasion, the Emir was rushed abroad for treatment and was some time ago attacked by suspected Boko Haram members but escaped unhurt, a source at the Kano palace said.

He is to be buried in Kano today (Friday) according Islamic rites.

Alhaji Ado Bayero is one of the longest serving rulers in the Emitrates history.

Following his father’s death, he ascended the throne on October 22nd 1963 at the age of 33.

Alhaji Ado Bayero is the 13th Fulani Emir of Kano and the 56th ruler of the Kano kingdom.

Apart from his Emir ship, Alhaji Ado Bayero also served in other capacities.

He was a former Nigerian ambassador to Senegal, former chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the present Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.

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.

President Jonathan Visits Emir Of Kano, Prominent Oyo, Osun Monarchs

President Goodluck Jonathan has visited Kano State to pay homage to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

The visit may not have the same pomp and pageantry associated with such presidential trips, as there were very few government officials led by the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdulahi Umar Gandoje at the Kano International Airport to receive the President.

In an interview with Channels Television, the Deputy Governor said that the Emir had been very sick for some time and it therefore became expedient for President Goodluck Jonathan to come for the private visit to pay homage to the Emir.

The Deputy Governor also said that the visit was not a political one but that it was just to see the Emir who had been sick since the Sallah holiday.

President Goodluck Jonathan, while speaking at the palace of the Emir, also said that he was in Kano on a private visit to pay homage and see how the Emir was doing, following his health condition.

The President, who arrived at the Emirs palace at about 12:15 pm, was grateful to the Emir for the encouragement he had been receiving, promising to continue to work for the unity of the country.

President Jonathan also said that he was working round the clock to ensure the security of lives and property in the country, in the midst of daunting security challenges.

The Emir prayed for him and commended the development efforts of the administration and the efforts to ensure that the country remained indivisible.

The President’s jet left Kano for Lagos at about 1 .15pm.

It will be recalled that the President was also in Kano in the heat of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2012 to commiserate with the Emir following an attack that claimed several lives, as well as injuring many others. The President had at that time assured the Emir that security would be beefed up to secure lives and property in Kano state and the entire country.

Jonathan Visits Oyo And Osun States

Straight from the Emir of Kano’s palace, the President jetted off to Lagos enroute Ife in Osun State, and Oyo State where he paid a private visit to prominent monarchs.

On arrival at the Ibadan Airport, in the Oyo State capital, President Jonathan was received by the State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and members of the Governor’s cabinet.

Also at the airport to receive the President were top PDP members in the state.

At the palace of the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the monarch and the Oba in council received the President both of whom later had a short private meeting in the palace.

Kano Emirate Suspends Traditional Durbar

The Kano state emirate council has again suspended the annual Traditional durbar.

Shamakin Kano, Alhaji Wada Kure, who spoke to journalists off camera could not say why the durbar was cancelled but rumours say  that the Emir’s deteriorating health might have been responsible.

“There will be no traditional durbar and all other traditional activities involving the emirate. All the district heads have therefore been directed to go back to their respective palaces to celebrate the Sallah normally.”

Earlier yesterday, the Emir made his first public appearance on wheelchair at the Eid prayer ground after which he proceeded on his horse carriage for hawan sallah.

The Emir was last seen yesterday after delivering his sallah message to the people of Kano state.

This is therefore the third time Kano traditional durbar was suspended since the deterioration of the Emir’s health in 2012.

Tinubu Advocates Amnesty For Boko Haram

The National Leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu,has urged the federal government to include negotiation and amnesty in its move to address the Boko Haram insurgency.

Mr. Tinubu who said that the application of force alone will only made the situation worse has disagreed with President Jonathan’s stance on amnesty for the fundamentalists, saying that amnesty must be based on justice, particularly for those with no blood stains on their hands.

The former governor of Lagos state made this known during his visit to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, to commiserate the failed attack on him earlier in the year.

In a recent visit to Borno state, President Jonathan had declared no amnesty for the religious extremists who he described as ‘ghosts.’

“I support the granting of amnesty to the sect but with some conditions, which include justice for those people with blood in their hands because it would go a long way in discouraging such dastardly acts in future” he added.

“For the innocent ones among them, there must be amnesty. We cannot fight a war in our own country against minor crimes and minor people. We would only end up multiplying these people by trying to use force against our own citizens.”

“I therefore disagree with the President; they are not ghosts” he said.

He however said that members of the insurgent group who engage in criminal activities should be brought to justice.

He further noted that granting amnesty to the sect is inevitable if the country is to avoid a devastating war, stating that “we cannot afford to fight another war in our own country.”

Mr Tinubu also blamed the security challenges of the country on the duplication of ministries related to the Police affairs which he says has rendered efforts of the Inspector General of Police, M.D. Abubakar ineffective.

“It is the responsibility of the president to protect lives and properties of Nigerians and ensure stability of the country. If he is not capable of doing this, then he should resign as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“President Jonathan cannot continue to blame one Inspector General of Police, after another. It is the responsibility of the President to ensure that unity and peace prevail in the country and that we are not divided by tribal and religion differences,” Tinubu said.

“Again, we‘ll equally look at the police to see if for every action taken there is justification and punishment for those who committed crimes against humanity.”

The former governor said it is regrettable that some Nigerians are feeding on the conflict, claiming that it gives them unhindered access to country’s security vote, hence they would ensure that there was no end to it.

“I am convinced that the Boko Haram conflict is sponsored and promoted by some highly placed people for economic reasons, while others try to polarise it along political divides” he stated.



UPDATE: Five Dead As Emir of Kano Is Attacked By Gunmen

Gunmen have attacked the convoy of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

The attack took place near the Hockey Field on Zoo Road by Total Gasoline station while the Emir was returning from the launching of an Islamic school at Mussalaci Murtala.

The Emir was unhurt in the attack and has since been moved to an undisclosed location.

The gunmen, around 12 noon, attacked the convoy of the Emir killing his driver, his orderly and a traditional guard who tried to protect him, and wounding two of his sons who were also in his  convoy.

The Interim Management Officer of Kumbotso local government who was in one of the vehicles that tried to escape when the attack began was also killed along with two others in his company.

Two of the Emir’s sons, the Turakin Kano and the Ciroman Kano, Alh. Sunusi Ado Bayero were said to have sustained injuries and have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kano Emir cancels 700-year-old Sallah Durbah

The Kano Emirate Council on Wednesday declared that that it would not observe the annual Durbah ceremony during this year’s Eid-el-Fitr, coming up this weekend. 

This would be the first time the Sallah Durbah would be cancelled in its over 700 years history.

The Emirate council said the Durban was cancelled  due to the  health condition of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who is the custodian of the tradition of the people of the state.

However, a source close to the Emirate disclosed that the suspension of the Durban activities was mainly because of the prevailing security situation in the state.

Kano state, the commercial city in northern Nigeria has recorded a number of attacks in the raging insurgency by fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram.

A senior councillor in the Emirate, Alhaji Abbas Sanusi, on Wednesday while briefing journalists in Kano stated that “the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, has directed me to inform all district heads and all other traditional rulers that traditional Sallah activities have been cancelled and everybody should stay indoor to celebrate the Sallah.’’

“The Emir will only attend the Eid prayer on Sallah day,” he said.

Sanusi, who also holds the traditional title of Wamban Kano, added that “all other celebrations during Sallah from Sallah homage, visit to the state governor and the traditional Hawan Nassarawa where he interfaces, with his subjects were cancelled in view of the health condition of the Emir”

Sanusi urged the people to pray for improved health of the royal father and  for continuous peace in the state and the country.