Kano recently welcomed thousands of who’s who in a double ceremony that locked down the ancient city. Writes BASHIR MOHAMMED.
The ancient city of Kano witnessed numerous private jets last Friday at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) as they broadcast ‘who’s who’ in the country as they traveled to the city. of Kano to attend two landmark occasions: the wedding of Yusuf Buhari and Zarah Nasir Ado Bayero as well as the official coronation of Bayero as second emir of Bichi by Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Executive Governor of Kano State.
The epic wedding
Robes were flying all over and around the central Bichi Mosque with badges worn by the respective emirs, Obas and Obis also flying impatiently while waiting to witness the consummation of the marriage of the president’s only male son and daughter of the president. ‘Emir Bayero has a dowry of five hundred thousand naira paid in the presence of the emissaries of the bride and groom. which resulted in the formal celebration of marriage in accordance with the Islamic injunction, a function performed by the chief imam of the central mosque of Bichi, Sheikh Muhammad Lawan.
It was however a Herculean task for even ministers, governors, other monarchs and notable personalities to easily access the front door of the palace where the marriage rites were performed due to the strong security presence. mounted by heavily armed soldiers, mobile police and agents of the Department of State Security (DSS).
What caught the attention of spectators and other guests at this colorful event was the presence of former President Goodluck Jonathan and Wazirin Adamawa, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the way they exchanged pleasantries with President Buhari. as if they all belonged to the same political group. to fold.
It was, however, a day after Fatiha’s wedding that the official coronation of the Emir also took place in the presence of a procession of eminent personalities, including governors, ministers, the Sultan of Sokoto and others who have converged on Bichi Stadium to witness the grand coronation. .
Governor Ganduje called on the newly crowned Emir not to lend faith to all forms of division that could tarnish the image of the traditional institution he had sworn to uphold, adding that the exalted throne must be safeguarded in accordance with the standards and tradition of the palace. He said: “Your coronation today as the Second Emir of Bichi is a clear demonstration of our determination to promote the traditional institution as a stronghold of revered cultural heritage. Based on your pedigree, I have no doubt in my mind that you are up to the task. I ask you to avoid any form of division that would tarnish the image of the traditional institution that you have sworn to respect.
Ganduje described Bayero as the one who had accumulated much experience from his late father, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who was involved in all aspects of the leadership role he played when he was district chief, adding that his coronation as Bichi’s second emir would serve as an additional impetus to move forward.
“Those of you who knew what Bichi was before can attest to the fact that he was a citadel of royal authority and of great influence. “The late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Abdullahi Bayero, was Ciroman Kano during the reign of his late father, Emir Abbas. it was after his stint as Ciroma that he finally became the emir. “The same also happened to his son, the late Emir Muhammadu Sanusi I, who also became the Emir of Kano after serving as Ciroma,” he said.
“We have deliberately made the decision to create four additional emirates in order to bring the traditional authorities closer to the masses so that the quest for socio-economic development is anchored. Looking at your remarkable journey as a banker and technorate, I am quite confident that you would use your immense wealth of experience and expertise to propel the Emirate of Bichi to greater heights, ”he noted. .
The new emir speaks
Speaking shortly after taking the traditional oath of office and introducing the staff of the office of the Chief Imam of Bichi Central Mosque, Shiekh Lawan Bichi, the newly crowned Emir said he was grateful to God for granting him the opportunity to ascend one of the highest thrones to have had his finger on the traditional pole with respect to various traditional titles he had held in the past.
He said: “I am very grateful to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for being instrumental in my appointment as the second God-ordained Emir of Bichi. I do not forget the great responsibility that weighs on my shoulders. I am ready to help as a widow to transform the lives of people in my field, ”he said.
“I would also endeavor to make my immense contribution in some critical areas like education and agriculture, with a strong emphasis on mechanized agriculture. One of my major concerns is the introduction of a subtle mechanism to combat desertification and address the causative factors of climate change. I am ready to make my emirate unique by becoming a fountain of development and noticeable change, ”he said.
“I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to my older brother, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, who I believe has had a positive impact in everything I do. To me he is like flesh and blood. we have become inseparable and inextricably linked. We respect each other, we love each other like flesh and blood, ”he stressed.
President Buhari extols the virtues of the Dabo dynasty
In his remarks, President Muhamadu Buhari said that the coronation of the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero revealed the uniqueness of Kano as a leader in the realm of royalty, spanning centuries. , adding that for what it was known, the Dabo dynasty had proven its effectiveness and diligence in overcoming obstacles that would overshadow respect for traditional rulers.
The president who was represented by his chief of staff, Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, however declared that the evolution of the monarchy had largely exceeded all known frontiers of human development and the capacity of the actors of the institutions to stamp their feet on everything. what was asked of them, stressing that transforming the institution to excel involved a huge commitment and the necessary sacrifice to move forward.
However, the absence of the Emir of Kano at the bridal fatiha of his brother’s daughter arguably received a lot of publicity and exaggeration from observers who felt that even the bridal fatiha should have been. brought to the monarch’s palace in Kano the premise that Bichi’s Emir is his younger brother.
As if the Emir of Bichi had caught wind of the flurry of backstage gossip circulating because of his older brother’s non-appearance, the Emir told anyone who wanted to listen that his relationship with his brother cadet remained absolutely cordial. and they loved and respected each other as they were ordered to do on the basis of their upbringing.
With notable opinion leaders expressing their respective opinions more particularly on the pomp and pageantry that hosted the coronation ceremony, the creation of four additional emirates by Governor Ganduje highlighted the need to expand the borders of the traditional authority to cross different layers for the pursuit of progress and meaningful development to be realistic.
It was, however, Alhaji Shehu Bichi’s assertion that the establishment of the emirate of Bichi is undoubtedly a good development at a time when people in rural areas urgently need rapid development within a democratic framework. , adding that the city of Bichi had recently witnessed remarkable change and sported a new look, days before the coronation of the second emir.
“We are truly grateful to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for bringing relief to our lives. Words fail to thank him. It is only a matter of time that we would continue to witness a myriad of giant leaps. The governor really deserved all the accolades ”.
Speaking in a similar vein, a resident of Bichi town who craved anonymity said that it would be devastating for all the people of Kano to remain under the tutelage of an emirate council given the vast population of Kano, pointing out that it is only when Kano is fragmented into different emirate councils that a global development would be recorded.
According to him, the situation is peculiar to Kano alone where a single emirate is known to exist perpetually over the years with the status quo remaining static. He pointed out that in states with more than one emirate council, people came to appreciate that over time they would become much more developed.