The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, has died at the age of 83.
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, mourns the passing on of the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero.
Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati said the president received the news of the death of the Emir’s death with “immense sadness”
“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 illustriously as traditional ruler for more than half a century,” read a statement by the presidential spokesperson.
Alhaji Ado Bayero died on Friday morning and has been buried according to Islamic rights at the Emir Palace later in the afternoon.
He became Emir on October 22, 1963. The former Nigerian ambassador to Senegal assumed the throne when Muhammad Sanusi- his half-brother- was dethroned and Inuwa who succeeded him reigned for only three months.
His father, Abdullahi Bayero, also reigned as Emir for 27 years.
Ado Bayero’s reign remains one of the longest in the history of the Kano Emirate.
The statement adds: “President Jonathan believes that Alhaji Ado Bayero will always be remembered and honoured by the people of Kano and all Nigerians for his immense wisdom and competence as a traditional ruler, as well as for using his exalted throne to build bridges of unity, friendship and harmony across the nation.
“The President reaffirms his declaration on the occasion of the Emir’s 50th anniversary celebrations last year that the late Alhaji Ado Bayero was one of the most decent and respectable Nigerians he has had the privilege of interacting with, and he will always treasure pleasant memories of their last meeting earlier this year.
“He (President Jonathan) prays that the Almighty Allah will receive the late Emir’s great soul and grant the good people of Kano a worthy successor who will carry on his good works and wise rule for the well-being and benefit of all Nigerians.”