• Thanks Ganduje, Says Belief in Allah, Destiny, Prayers & Respect Earned Him The Throne
  • Buhari Pours Encomium on Emir’s Dad, the 56th Emir of Kano, Late Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Bayero

By Sameer Sanusi Chiroma Yusuf & Waziri Isa Adam

The ancient city of Kano witnessed, on Saturday, 3rd June 2021, a historic and rare assembly of royal fathers, political leaders, comprising of Vice President of the federal republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, State Governors and several dignitaries from different parts of the world, that were in the state to be part of the coronation ceremony and presentation of Staff of Office to the State’s paramount ruler, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, as the 15th Fulani Emir of Kano, by the State’s Executive Governor, Alhaji (Dr) Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The long-awaited event which threw residence of the city into a record state of excitement and memorable celebrations was one of the most attended coronations in recent times in Kano.

In an emotion laden speech, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, who thanked the Almighty Allah for sustaining his life and for choosing him to ascend the throne of his ancestors, commended Gov. Ganduje for his boldness, foresight and popular determination to right the past wrongs in the state, and to put the traditional institution in the right historical perspective.

Earlier, in several pre-coronation interviews, the emir attributed reasons for his ascension to the throne to his absolute belief in the Almighty Allah as giver to, and taker of power from whoever He wills, belief in destiny, prayers and respect for leaders and elders.

He posits that, “even though it is natural that whoever that is from a royal family, prays and hopes that one day he will succeed his forefathers, nevertheless, we believe that it is not a do-or-die affair. It is something that is destined, and so, anyone from the family can be. Your elder brother can become an Emir, your younger brother, or son, can even ascend the throne before you. Therefore, wishes and prayers are the same for whoever comes from a royal family, but, at the end of the day, it is Allah that decides who becomes the Emir”

He prayed to Allah SWT to grant him the ability to administer his emirate with justice and fair play. He thanked the people of Kano State and the country at large for their love, affection and prayers.

He thanked the Scholars, Business men, civil and public servants and the youth male and female for their Goodwill. He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and prayed that Allah grants him the ability to discharge the God given trust of giving Nigerians, a good life.

He admonished the Ummah to be God fearing and respect constituted authorities and abide by the Shariah of Allah. He prayed to Allah to grant all Nigerians good health and peace.

“We should abide by the teachings of the noblest of creatures, prophet Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of the Almighty Allah be upon him),as this is the only way out, out of our present predicament, misery and calamity; for certainly Allah does not change the condition of a people untill they strive to change it themselves”, he sermoned

“May Allah relieve our people from the calamities that befell us. I would like to seize this opportunity to reassure our people that we are ever ready to serve them and protect their property, lives and dignity. May Allah guide us in this task”, he prayed.

“I also want to seize this opportunity to remind all of us that Almighty Allah will hold all of us accountable for all our actions, on the Day of judgement. So, we should all strive to lead with justice and fair play”, the Emir further preached

In his address at the coronation ceremony, President Muhammadu Buhari extolled the virtues of Alhaji Ado Bayero, deceased Emir of Kano, describing him as a man of remarkable culture and principles.

He said the late Emir staked his own life at several junctures in the defence of his people and urged his son and new Emir, Aminu Ado-Bayero to emulate his father.

Buhari, who was represented at the event by his Chief of Staff, and Uncle to the Emir, Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, shared some memories and anecdotes of his interactions with the deceased emir whom he said was his friend.

“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 Jan. 19, 2013, because of his vociferous stand against Boko Haram terrorists,” he wrote.

The president expressed his belief in Aminu, saying: “I have confidence that you will exhibit such leadership qualities and much more as you have demonstrated in the few months of your Emirship.

“My deep and wholehearted congratulations to you for your ascension to the throne of your forefathers as the 15th Fulani Emir of Kano from Sullubawa Clan, culminating in a well-deserved installation.

“Your turbanning’ 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.’’

President Buhari also 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.

Speaking shortly after presenting the Staff of Office, Ganduje urged the Emir to exude character by promoting peace and unity among his subjects.

The Governor also advised the Emir to distance himself from anything that could tarnish the image of the traditional institution.

Ganduje, who described Aminu Ado Bayero as a man of the masses, urged the traditional ruler to ensure the development of his domain like his late father.

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