Today in Nigerian History: 6th June


File photo: The emir of Kano Ado Bayero leads Muslim faithfuls in prayers at the central mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on January 23, 2012 where around 200 Muslim faithful including clerics and traditional leaders held special prayers for peace following multiple explosions and shooting assaults in the city on Friday that left around 250 dead, according to medical source. AFP PHOTO /

On this day in 2014, the 13th Fulani emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero died in his palace at the age of 84 and  was laid to rest by the graveside of his forefathers at Gidan Sarki Nassarawa as thousands of subjects turned out to pay their last respects.

Ado Bayero was the son of Abdullahi Bayero, the former emir, who reigned for 27 years.  Ado ascended the throne on  October 22, 1963, becoming the 13th Fulani emir of Kano and the 56th ruler of the Kano Kingdom.  He is one of the longest-serving emirs in the emirate’s history.

He was a former chancellor of the University of Nigeria and until his death, the chancellor of the University of Ibadan. On 19 January 2013, a failed assassination attempt left two of his sons injured and his driver and bodyguard dead, among others.

The Emir’s death that Friday morning forced the postponement of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) matches scheduled to hold in Kano the next day


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