It was a beautiful scene to behold Saturday in Kano State as dignitaries from Nigeria and indeed, the world emptied in the commercial city to witness the installation of His Highness, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as the 15th Emir by the governor of the State, Alhaji Umar Ganduje.
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo led other federal government dignitaries to the epoch making occasion.
It could be recalled that this medium had reported that Gov. Ganduje having felt threatened by the outspokenness of the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi against his government and federal government’s policies and actions, decided to sanction and depose Sanusi who was a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
From records, the new Emir, Ado Bayero, is from the Fulani Sullubawa clan and also the nephew of the deposed Emir, Sanusi II.
In his speech after handing over the staff (authority) of office to the new Emir at the event that took place at the Sanni Abacha Stadium in Kano, Gov. Ganduje counseled the new Emir to exude character by promoting peace and unity among his subjects.
Ganduje, while adivsing the new Emir of Kano to ensure that he distanced himself from things that could tarnish the image of the traditional institution, described Aminu Ado Bayero as a man that is loved by the masses.
He urged the traditional ruler to ensure that the development of his domain just like his late father did in his time as the Emir of Kano State.
The Emir of Kano, Bayero in his remarks earlier, solicited Kano residents and indigenes to continue to respect constituted authorities and other leaders in the society.
Bayero went further urged them to continue to pray for peace and unity in the country while calling on the rich to support the poor in the society.
The monarch further promised to be fair and just to all manner of people irrespective of their status in the society.
He also advised those in position of authority to fear God in all their dealings as each and everyone shall give account of his stewardship in the hereafter.
The Minister, Niger Delta Affairs Ministry, Senator Godswill Akpabio in an interview, described the new as a leader, whose elevation to the exalted position would bring about peace and development in Kano in particular and Nigeria as a whole.
Senator Akpabio stated this shortly after the installation and presentation of staff of office to the new Emir by the Kano State Governor, Alhaji Umar Ganduje.
According to the Minister, “the newly installed Emir is a chip off the old block and I know he will do his best to maintain the peace his late father stood and lived for. His installation today, is a watershed in the history of the Emirate and Kano State.”
“We know the late Bayero, who was the father of the newly installed Emir, lived for his people and built bridges across the country. I also expect the newly installed Emir, to continue in that way, consolidate on his father’s achievements and break new grounds for the people of Kano and the nation generally”, he said.
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Senator Akpabio prayed God to give the new Emir, long life in good health on the throne of his forebears, saying” It is my prayer that the new Emir will bring to bear, in this new responsibility, his experiences garnered over the years in his public and private lives, in the handling of the affairs of the emirate and the state. God will grant him good wisdom.”