The Burial of The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero

June 6, 2014

SaharaReporters, New York

The late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Abdullahi Bayero, was buried at exactly 6:15 P.M. Friday inside the Gidan Nasarawa Grave Yard, where four of his predecessors, Emirs Sarki Abbas, Sarki Aalhaji Abdullahi Bayero, Sir Muhammadu Sanusi and Sarki Muhammadu Inuwa had also been buried.

Thousands of Kano residents of various social classed trooped out to pay their last respects to the revered Royal Father who ruled Kano for about 51 years.

Vice President Namadi Sambo led the Federal Government delegation, which arrived in Kano late in the morning.

Other dignitaries present for the occasion included the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki; the Inspector General of Police, MD Abubakar; Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State; Foreign Affairs Minister, Aminu Wali; former Governor of Kano State and Sardaunan Kano, Ibrahim Shekarau; Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed; former Speaker of House of Representatives, Ghali Na’Abba; and other top government functionaries, as well as traditional rulers.
The Kano state Governor, Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso narrowly missed the burial as he arrived in Kano about 30 minutes after the burial.

Glowing tributes were also paid by those who were close to him.

Emir Bayero’s Chief driver, Alhaji Wada Abdulhamidu described the late Emir as a peaceful man.

“I came across the late Emir Ado Bayero when I was 10 years old,” he recalled.  “I have been working for him for over 60 years, now I am 70 years old. I have been the one driving him around. I was with him until he breathed his last. I was just like a younger brother to him. He does not discriminate. He is always calm and peaceful, slow to anger and he accommodates every opinion. He never looked down at people. You hardly can see anything that perturbed the Emir. Based on his teachings to us, we also exhibit friendliness and [togetherness] with people around us. He is a father of all. The Emir spent his last moment with members of his family after which he left to sleep in his room, but he could not wake up the next morning as he died peacefully in his sleep.”