It was a day of political maneuvering in the ancient city of Kano today as Alhaji Ado Bayero celebrated his 50th anniversary as Emir of Kano, with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, current Vice President Namadi Sambo, and General Muhammadu Buhari dominating the scene.
But Alhaji Bayero celebrated with a spirit of forgiveness, saying of his years as Emir he has forgiven all those who offended him and asking forgiveness from those he may have offended.
“All praises are due to Allah for his mercy on us to witness these years,” he told the large crowd. “I received a large amount of support from the people of the state and it’s wonderful and eventful to me.”
He described his years on the throne as being filled with happiness, and called on the people to rededicate their attitude to Allah and shelve all their vices.
The Emir also implored the people to guide their children’s behavior and ensure their education so that they will be beneficial to the state and the nation.
General Buhari took the center stage of the ceremony as usual as a very popular figure, with the crowd chanting the usual “Sai [Only] Buhari.” But while Namadi Sambo and Atiku Abubakar also made their presence known, Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state was seen trying to hide his face from the crowd who were overheard referring to him as “anti-North” Yuguda.
It was reliably learnt that Buhari, Wamako, Kwankawso and Niger State Deputy Governor Musa Ebeto met at the presidential lounge of the Murtala Muhammad Airport briefly to discuss some vital political issues.
Welcoming the guests earlier, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar, explained that the celebration was for them to thank Almighty Allah over the mercy granted the Emir of Kano time to experience 50 years on the throne.
He prayed for peace and stability in the States of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa for the difficult conditions they are currently experiencing, and for peace throughout the country.