Emir Bayero hinges long reign on God

Emir Ado Bayero

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The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero said nothing has ever rattled him as the king of northern Nigeria’s biggest city in the past 50 years as his faith is hinged on God.

The Emir while speaking to a select group of the media in his Palace declared that, “I have absolute faith in God.”

Bayero who is the 56th ruler of Hausa kingdom and the 13th Fulani Emir of Kano noted that nothing has ever perturbed him, adding that perseverance, endurance and patience has been his watchword.

Emir Ado Bayero spoke in Hausa.

Emir Ado Bayero: reflections after 50 years on throne
Emir Ado Bayero: reflections after 50 years on throne

He however, revealed that his only regret as the Emir of Kano was the death of two serving Heads of state (General Murtala Mohammed and General Sani Abacha) from Kano during his reign.

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The Kano monarch said, “nothing has ever hurt me in my 50 years on the throne,” adding that anything that befall human being should be counted as the art of God.

According to him, he stepped into the Kano throne 50 years ago with mixed feelings, “when I was crowned as the Emir of Kano in June 1963, I received the honour with mixed feelings. I was happy, and then I was not happy.

“In any case, I took it as a call to serve my people. I was not happy because then, I had elder brothers, elderly uncles who could have done it better, but the mantle of leadership fell on me and I had no choice than to accept the responsibility.”

The Emir also spoke on the need to assign constitutional roles to traditional rulers in the country, pointing out that, “if the government decides to assign constitutional roles to traditional rulers, it is acceptable to me, and if they decide otherwise, it also acceptable.”

The Emir called on Nigerians to have faith in God, noting that, in everything that happens to one’s life, God has a purpose for it.

The 83 year old Emir called on his subjects to pray for the development of Kano and Nigeria, adding that peace and unity remains the cornerstone of every nation that is determined to develop.

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