Ado Bayero, Emir of Kano, celebrates his 50 years on the throne amidst pomp and pageantry
| Vincent Nzemeke | Jul. 1, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT
THE ancient city of Kano stood still on Saturday, June 15, when Ado Bayero, the emir of Kano, celebrated his 50th anniversary on the throne. Although the actual date of the anniversary is October 15, it was brought forward to coincide with the 83rd birthday of Ado Bayero.
The event, which was attended by an array of guests from various walks of life, turned out to be a show of pomps and pageantry as it showcased the traditions, art and style of the ancient city including the durbar. Some of the dignitaries, who attended the celebration included Namadi Sambo, Vice President, Muhammadu Buhari, former head of state and former presidential candidate of Congress of Progressive Change, CPC, Abdulsalami Abubakar, former head of state, Atiku Abubakar, former vice president, Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto, Yahaya Abubakar, Etsu Nupe, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, Obi of Onitsha, and many other traditional rulers from various parts of the country.
Sambo, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan, praised role of the Emir, as one of the pillars of Nigerian nationhood. He acknowledged in particular, the role the emir of Kano had been playing in the development and modernisation of not only the emirate but also the state and the country as a whole. He said: “Alhaji Ado Bayero is one of the most respected oases in Nigeria, a nation builder and one of the pillars of Nigerian Nationhood. In the most difficult and turbulent moment of our history, he has always served as a stabilising force, always offering words of hope and wisdom. He is without doubt, one of the greatest patriots of our time; with an unquestionable commitment to unity and stability of Nigeria.” He described Kano under the reign of Ado Bayero as prosperous and as one of the greatest cities of Africa, “whose prosperity has continued to soar, in the areas of commerce and Islamic and western education. “
Rabiu Kwankwaso, governor of Kano State, expressed gratitude to God for granting the monarch long life and good health. Kwankwaso appreciated the invaluable advice and wise counsel of the octogenerian and lauded his leadership qualities. He urged the people of Kano and beyond to continue to offer prayers for peace and harmony in Nigeria.
In his address, Bayero said he was grateful to God for sparing his life to see such a glorious day. He also sought forgiveness from those he may have wronged in his 50-year reign. “I thank Allah for blessing me with the opportunity to witness this day. Today, it is 50 years since I ascended to this throne as Emir of Kano; in those years a lot of things both positive and negative had happened. Therefore, I would like to use this opportunity to ask any person I wronged in any way in these 50 years to please forgive me as I also forgive you all.” Ado Bayero was crowned in 1963.