President Buhari Congratulates Ganduje For Generational Change, Promises Support for New Emir

Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has on Saturday presented Staff of Office to the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.

The well attended and historic ceremony was held at the Sani Abacha Stadium in the metropolis, the same venue where his late revered father, Alhaji Ado Bayero was coronated in 1963.

The coronation of Aminu Ado Bayero was sequel to his appointment as Emir of Kano by Governor Ganduje on 8th March, 2020 and formal presentation of a letter to the effect the next day.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in what seemed as clear support and encouragement to the newly coronated Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, thanked Governor Abdullahi Ganduje for the appointment, following the recommendation of the King Makers, describing it as generational change.

The President, who was represented by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, made the statement at the Coronation venue. 

“Your Excellency Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, I congratulate you on this period of joy as you midwifed a generational change of guards…with the swearing-in and handing over of the Staff of Office to the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.”

“It is for me a special privilege to be in this city of proud history of exquisite culture, to represent the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, to witness this historic Coronation of Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, as the 15th Fulani Emir of Kano.”

“Your Royal Highness, I need not to say to you that this city of Kano is not ordinary city in both historical and modern times. Kano has always been revered as a major commercial and economic centre in Africa and a melting pot of diverse tribes and cultures, assimilated into a robust, vibrant and cohesive whole,” he observed. 

He continued appreciating that, “It is only with the tolerance of the culture of Kano where opposite ideas can co-exist peacefully. That you could have a thriving free market economy, with several Millionaires and yet also be the best of the radical centre left of political ideas.”

“This is afterall the city of the socialist man of the masses, Malam Aminu Kano and many of his disciples. And Kano is also the home of the capitalist richest man in Africa, Alhaji Aliko Dangote. From wherever you come to Kano, you must feel at home.”

In a letter from President Buhari to the Emir that was read by the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, who also coincidentally happens to be a maternal uncle to the Emir, the President said “I wish to extend my whole hearted congratulation to you for your ascension to the throne of your forefathers, as the 15th Fulani Emir of Kano,  from the Sullubawa clan, culminating in a well deserved installation that has just taken place here on this Saturday, 3rd of July, 2021.”

The letter states “Your coronation and turbanning is providential, because it is happening at a time in the history of our country when the prevailing social and political conditions resonate from the ascension of my friend, your late father, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”

“As I continue to pray for your success and look forward to your contribution to uplifting the people of Kano Emirate in particular, and the nation in general, I wish to assure you of my support for you to leave a sustainable legacy,” the letter concludes.

Expressing gratitude to the multitude of VIP guests, Governor Ganduje said, “All the traditional leaders who have gathered here, particularly the Sultan of Sokoto, have done us a great honour, with their presence. The last time we witnessed a historic event like this, was when the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, was handed over the Oath of Office here.”

“It is without any doubt that, all these celebrations up to this grand occasion are well received by the people of Kano. That is why wherever you go in Kano today people are celebrating because of this coronation. Which shows how people accepted this historic event. 

“It is accepted by our religious leaders, by our youth and women, by business community and by all segments of society, including his blood relations within the Emirates,” he said.

Turning to the new Emir, Governor Ganduje said, “Your Highness we are very happy with the way you are conducting yourself and the way you operate in this exalted Emirate. We are witnessing how you are helping government on many developmental spaces. We are happy with that. We pray that may Allah guide and guard you on this throne.”

“There was no doubt that the late Emir Ado Bayero, who ruled for over 50 years, had promoted peace and stability in the state. He worked with many governors in the state. He worked with many military governors and worked with civilian governors. There was no point in time when there was clash between the Emirate and the state.”

Explaining further that it was a very welcome development that the new Emir fits into the shoes of his late father, “…since his ascension to the throne he moved to continue with the good relationship that his father left between Kano Emirate and other Emirates across the nation. He respected them very well in their palaces. That is why they said they would reciprocate back. This is why we are seeing them all here.”

Over 100 Emirs/traditional leaders from across the nation and other nations of the world graced the occasion. 

Not less than eight governors from different parts of the country were physically at the occasion, these are governors of Jigawa, Katsina, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Bauchi, Kogi, and Lagos were there. 

The Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan and many Principal Officers and members of the National Assembly also attended the ceremony. 

Key traditional leaders present included the Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Shehu of Borno, the Imperial Majesty Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, His Royal Majesty Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba Ewuare III, His Royal Majesty Ooni of Oni, and His Highness the Emir of Gwandu, among many others.  

Many traditional leaders from Senegal, Tchad Republic, Cameroon, Niger Republic, and Ambassadors from South Africa, India among many other foreign diplomats were also present at the grand event. 

Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria  and heads of federal government agencies, departments and parastatals were not left out.

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