From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Following the dethronement of former Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi 11 last Monday, Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Wednesday presented letters of appointment to the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero and the new Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero.
The AUTHORITY reports that Emir Aminu Ado Bayero and Emir Nasiru Ado Bayero, children of the late influential Emir Abdullahi Ado Bayero, were last Monday named the Emir of Kano and Emir of Bichi respectively.
The new Emir of Bichi, held the position of Chiroman Kano under the deposed Emir Sanusi, before his elevation to a First Class Emir to rule over the Bichi Emirate.
Emir Nasiru Ado Bayero succeeded his elder brother, Emir Aminu Ado Bayero who was moved from Bichi Emirate to Kano Emirate, upon the deposition of former Emir if Kano, Muhammad Sanusi 11.
In his welcome address during the epoch-making event, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), described the occassion as historic, pointing out that all other First Class Emir’s, Kingmakers and traditional heads in the five Kano Emirate Councils were in support of the confirmation and coronation of the two descendants of Ado Bayero as the Emirs of Kano and Bichi, respectively.
Alhaji Usman Alhaji urged them to use their good offices to promote peace, unity, progress and development in Kano state.
The AUTHORITY reports that the colourful occassion was witnessed by a mammoth, but controlled crowd who stormed Coronation Hall, Government House in solidarity if the two brothers who have chosen to build on the legacies of their late father, His Royal Highness, the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Abdullahi Ado Bayero who joined his ancestors in 2014.
In his acceptance speech, the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, thanked God for giving him the opportunity to ascend the throne. He expressed appreciation to Governor Ganduje for having confidence in the Abdullahi Ado Bayero family, adding that God’s willing, himself and the Emir of Kano, including other Emirs will join hands with Ganduje to ensure peace, unity and harmony in Kano.
He particularly promised to use his good office and contacts to promote Ganduje’s policies on youth employment, poverty eradication, as well as free, compulsory and basic education for all Kano children.
Also speaking, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero said his ascension to the throne as the Emir of Kano is destined by God.
He thanked God for deeming him fit to ascend the throne of his forefathers, adding that his father, late Emir Abdullahi Ado Bayero would always tell him and his siblings to always depend on God in whatever they are doing in life.
He promised to build on the legacies of his father, adding that justice, equity, love, respect for all human beings and the fear of God will remain his watchword.
He called on Kano people to shield political differences and join hands with Ganduje to build a better Kano.
He, however, expressed appreciation to Ganduje and the entire people of Kano state for finding worthy enough to wear the revered crown and sit on the exalted throne of the Emir of Kano.
In his speech, Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje named the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero as the Chairman Kano State Council of Chiefs.
He described the occassion as very important and historic, adding the crowning of Aminu and Nasiru Ado Bayero as First Class Emirs is first of its kind in the history of Nigeria.
He appreciated God for making the event a huge success, recalling that the main reason for creating five Emirates in Kano is to ensure development and the welfare of the people of Kano state.
Ganduje added that another reason for creating the new Emirates is to create additional cities in Kano state.
He said all the general hospitals in the five Emirates are being upgraded to world-class standard of 300-bedded hospitals.
He enjoined all the Emirs in Kano to ensure that they deliver service to the people and service to humanity.
He reminded the First Class Emirs on the need to encourage education of all Kano children, and help government to curb the menace of out-of-school children in the state.
Ganduje re-emphasized that the Almajiri system in Kano should be fully integrated into the mainstream education system, while expressing satisfaction that teachers of Islamic schools are fully cooperating with his administration to promote the policy.
Ganduje insisted that begging is prohibited in Kano and urged the five Emirs to discourage the scourge of begging.
He gave glory to God for restoring peace within Kano’s traditional institutions, expressing happiness that Kano people gave their full support to the epoch-making event which has cemented the good working relationships among the five Kano emirates.
Thousands of Kano residents were sighted on the streets jubilating over the ascension of the two Bayeros to their respective stools.
Meanwhile, The AUTHORITY reports that the ancient city of Kano has continue to remain calm with unhindered business and economic activities as residents keep celebrating the appointment of Alhaji Aminu Bayero as the new Emir of Kano and his brother, Nasiru Ado Bayero as the Emir of Bichi.
Reports from different parts of the state indicated that the city is in joyous mood in appreciation of the popular decision by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to appoint the son of the late Emir Bayero as the 15th monarch in the Fulani lineage.
Speaking on the new development, the state Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba noted that, Kano, which has been enjoying relative peace in the recent times, which also earned it the most peaceful state in the federation, is witnessing a new dawn with the change of guard in the Dabo dynasty.
He added that, “as you can see, thousands of people, old and young, thronged the personal residence of the new Emir to felicitate with him on the day of the appointment, while all the routes followed by Emir Bayero in his first outing, Tuesday, were lined up by people to catch a glimpse of him as he set to receive the staff of office to be presented by Governor Ganduje.”
Garba expressed delight over the peaceful manner in which the people have been celebrating the new Emir and assured that the Ganduje Administration will continue to identify with the yearning and aspiration of the Kanawa.