The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero is dead.
Sources said he died on Friday morning after suffering a stroke.
The burial ceremony in accordance with Islamic rites will be held later today, by 4 pm.
It was learnt that the Emir returned from a medical check up abroad less than a fortnight ago.
The spokesperson to the Kano State governor, Baba Dantiye, has confirmed the death of the emir.
On 7th of February, 2013, a Boko Haram attack on the emir nearly resulted in his death and might have caused him serious injury.
He survived the attack but his driver and three bodyguards were killed, apparently valiantly shielding him from the gunmen.
He ascended the throne about 51 years ago. About six years ago, during his 45th anniversary on the throne, Emir Ado Bayero, while assessing his successful reign, told P.M.NEWS Correspondent in an interview that, “my faith in God has been my strength and the source of my success. My popularity, the respect and loyalty I get from my subjects is by the making of the Almighty Allah. Right from my princehood up till the time I climbed the throne as the Emir of Kano, it has been like that.
“I am a man of the people. I love my people, I speak with them and I interact with my people. I am open to them. So, in return, my people love me, they have respect for me and they adore me. In this light, I call on Nigerians to always express concern for people, love mankind and keep the light of compassion burning in their hearts always. I have no other secret apart from my faith in Allah. I have a good heart and I love people. I want the best for the people and my people have continued to wish me well.”
Until his death, Ado Bayero believed that in spite of all the challenges he encountered in the cause of championing, protecting and defending the culture, norms and heritage of his people, nothing has rattled him. For the Kano monarch, all tribulations, mishaps and misfortunes that came his way in the last 51 years remain the act of God, and the same God who has been seeing him through.
In an interview with newsmen just before his 50th anniversary on the throne in 2013, Bayero noted that nothing had ever rattled him as his faith was hinged on God.
Speaking further, he said, “in fact, I don’t even know what shock is. What I believe is that whatever happens to me on this earth is destined to happen to me by Almighty Allah. So there is no point in showing any fear, as whatever happens to any person is already pre-destined to happen to him. Therefore, wherever such things happen whether good or bad, what is required from that person is to thank Allah; if it is for good, exercise patience.
“Alhamdulillah, all praises are due to Allah who through all assistance made it possible for me to witness these years on the throne, which is a feat that none of my predecessors have achieved. I thank all the people of Kano and the country at large for showing me great love during this time and to have succeeded despite challenges because as I always say whoever puts his trust in Allah and follows instruction as prescribed by Islam in whatever he does, that person has nothing to worry about. So it is through Allah’s assistance that we succeeded all these years.
“I have absolute faith in God,” Bayero said, adding that perseverance, endurance and patience had been his watchword.
According to him, he stepped into the Kano throne with mixed feelings. “When I was crowned as the Emir of Kano in 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.”