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In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

Nnamdi Ebo | NewsBlog

In my NewsBlog Nnamdi Ebo, I provide perspectives on news, events and analysis of unique stories, and I also offer original content, articles and photos; with contributions from some of the best minds.

 

Emir of Kano is dead, buried amid tributes

The Emir of Kano, HRH Alhaji Ado Bayero is dead. The Emir died on Friday at the age of 83. Meanwhile, thousands of people on Friday attended the burial of the late Emir who was one of Nigeria’s prominent and foremost Monarchs and Muslim leaders. He was buried according to Muslim rites of passage.

History is replete with the sojourn of the Muslim Monarch from the ancient city of Kano who ascended the throne of his fathers and kindred in 1963.

Many dignitaries including Vice President Namadi Sambo; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; Police Inspector General, Mohammed Abubakar; and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Bala Mohammed; were in Kano for the burial of the late Ado Bayero.

Kano . Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero 1

The late Emir of Kano, HRH Alhaji Ado Bayero

The governors of Kano, Sokoto and Adamawa were also at the burial. The Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who left the venue of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, retreat in Port Harcourt, was joined by his counterparts from Adamawa, Murtala Nyako; and Sokoto, Aliyu Wammako; in Kano for the burial.

Open-air prayers were held at the Emir’s palace in Kano before a funeral cortege made its way to the palace where he was finally buried.

Tributes to an Emir

Other Emirs, dignitaries and politicians from across the country were also in attendance and paid their condolence to the demised Emir.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday described the death of the emir as shocking.

Jonathan said he received the news of the emir’s death with sadness and a feeling of great national loss to Nigeria.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President sympathized with the late Emir’s family and the people of Kano over the incident.

He said the monarch would be remembered for his immense wisdom and competence as a traditional ruler.

The statement read, “On behalf of himself, his family, the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria, President Jonathan commiserates with the Emir’s family and all the people of Kano over whom the departed Emir presided as traditional ruler for more than half a century.

Cheating death

Kano . casualty after gunmen atacked Emir of Kano, Ado BayeroPhoto: Unidentified royal guard shot dead by gunmen who attacked the Emir Alhaji Ado Bayero’s motorcade in Kano.

Sometime in the past, a bomb went off near the Emir’s palace in Kano. A few months ago, unidentified gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents attacked the Emir’s convoy (motorcade) allegedly with some of his sons, in an apparent assassination attempt as they motored along a road in Kano, injuring him and Killing his driver and 3 guards in the swift bloody attack. Subsequently, the traumatized ruler was flown abroad with his sons (i.e. the United Kingdom) for medical attention. Many observers say that Ado Bayero never recovered from the shock of that unprecedented armed attack on his royal person.

Succession wars

The sacked former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has never hidden his ambition, desire and readiness to ascend to the royal throne of Kano. the former CBN governor is reputed to have nursed a royal ambition and many pundits allude to his perceived arrogance (with a chip of the old block mentality) especially in office as governor of CBN, as proof of his lack of deference to constituted authority, when even he, considers himself as an authority of sorts while at the helm of affairs of the nation’s financial and monetary policy.

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi 2Other Nigerians contend that this is the worst of times for Sanusi (photo: right), because Ado Bayero died after he was disgraced from office by President Goodluck Jonathan, and also considering the de jure, if not the de facto position he would have been in if he was still in office as the CBN governor. Maybe President Goodluck Jonathan would have leant a much needed hand in his quest to actualize his Emirship ambition, that is, if the running for the Emirship of Kano is susceptible to outside influence. Suffice it to say that Sanusi is the most prominent aspirant and contender today, to the throne of the demised Emir.

NE gathered that all the contenders from all the qualified royal lineages and lines-of-succession of the extended royal and princely family, including Sanusi (a prince and son of a former demised Emir of Kano) are poised and making subterranean moves and strategizing towards replacing Ado Bayero and becoming the next Emir of Kano.

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Nnamdi Ebo

Political scientist, Author, publisher, Blogger, Scholar in legal literature & politics

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