Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero dies

The Emir of Kano, Ado Abdullahi Bayero,is dead.

The ruler of the popular city of Northern Nigeria died on Friday morning.

He was 84.

Reports said the Emir died of heart related ailment Friday morning.

He will be buried on Friday in Kano

The Walin Kano, Alhaji Mahe Bashir Wali, confirmed the monarch’s death in a live broadcast on Radio Kano.

The late Ado Bayero in January last year survived an assassination attempt which injured his two sons.

His driver and bodyguard were killed in the incident.

Ado Bayero is the son of Abdullahi Bayero, the former emir, who reigned for 27 years.

He was installed the Emir of Kano on October 22, 1963, becoming the 13th Fulani emir of Kano and the 56th ruler of the Kano Kingdom.

Before Ado Bayero became the emir, he served as chief of the Kano police.

During his tenure, the emirate was transformed from a powerful native authority into a custodian of Hausa language and Islamic traditions.

Bayero’s palace played host to official visits by many government personnel and foreigners, but in 1981 former governor Abubakar Rimi restricted traditional homage paid by village heads to Ado Bayero and excised some domains from his emirate.

In 1984, a travel ban was placed on the emir and his friend – the Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade by the Muhammadu Buhari military regime.

He was until his death on Friday morning, the chancellor of the University of Ibadan.
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