Emir Of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero Dies At 84

Alhaji Ado Bayero, Emir Of Kano

Emir Of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero Dies At 84-Nigeria’s top Islamic leader and The Emir of Kano in Kano State, Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Abdullahi Bayero is dead.

The revered ruler who has been on the throne for more than five decades  passed away on Friday only  few weeks to his  84th birthday.

The Emir was a victim attempted assassination last year as on  January 19,  2013 two of his sons were  injured as assailants attacked his  car convoy, killing his driver and bodyguard dead, Many others were injured during the attack. His health has never remained the same ever since as he had been hospitalised in the United Kingdom for several in the aftermath of the shock received from the attack.

The Emir who was born in July 25 1930 ascended the throne on October 22 1963 making him one of the longest-serving Emirs in the emirate’s history. He was the 13th Fulani Emir of Kano since the Fulani War of Usman dan Fodio, when the Fulani took over the Hausa city-states. He was also the 56th ruler of the Kano Kingdom.

Bayero was born to the family of Hajiya Hasiya and Abdullahi Bayero and into the Fulani Sullubawa clan that has presided over the emirate of Kano since 1819. He was the eleventh child of his father and the second of his mother. At the age of seven, he was sent to live with Maikano Zagi.

Alhaji Ado Bayero, Emir Of Kano
Alhaji Ado Bayero, Emir Of Kano

He started his education in Kano studying Islam, after which he attended Kano Middle School. He graduated from the School of Arabic Studies in 1947. He then worked as a bank clerk for the Bank of British West Africa until 1949, when he joined the Kano Native Authority. He attended Zaria Clerical College in 1952. In 1954, he won a seat to the Northern regional House of Assembly.

He was head of the Kano Native Authority police division from 1957 until 1962, during which he tried to minimise the practice of briefly detaining individuals and political opponents on the orders of powerful individuals in Kano. He then became the Nigerian Ambassador to Senegal.

He was a former Chancellor of the University of Nigeria and the Chancellor of the University of Ibadan till his death.