By GBOYEGA ADEOYE
History was made in Kano on Monday, 9th March, 2020 as the sun set on the leadership of the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the turbaned ’Emir of the ancient city of Kano. His reign was cut in its prime by the incumbent government of Kano State which accused Sanusi of disrespect for constituted authorities and fragrant disregard to laid down customs and tradition.
The Abdulahi Umar Ganduje led government in Kano did not only sack Sanusi but went further to banish him to Awe, in Nasarawa States where he was to remain, probably till death.
But as the sun was setting for the former apex bank governor, it shines almost simultaneously on Aminu, scion of the 13th Emir of Kano, Abdulahi Ado Bayero, who was turbaned same day as the 15th Emir of Kano.
To many, the dethronement of Sanusi was a abrupt one that caught people napping as nothing suggested a dark cloud that would consume the lanky Emir, so many Nigerians considered to be controversial, was lurking in the corner
But maintaining a countenance that did not betray the undeniable shock, Sanusi who was whisked off the palatial palace in a convoy, managed to tell some bewildered spectators at his palace to maintain calm ascribing the development to the will of God’
With his exit from palace, the time came for governor Ganduje to issue ‘Certificate of Employment: to Aminu Ado Bayero as the new charge-de-affairs of Kano State amidst pump and pageantry.
And to many keen watchers of the growth of the newly installed, it is a royalty coming as expected even as it was not expected this early.
Aminu’s journey to the throne started Steps to royalty st arted in 1990when he was appointed appointed the Dan Majen Kano and District Head of Dala, by his father, the late Ado Bayero who reigned between 1963 and 2014. He was later promoted to Dan Buram Kano in October of the same year and in 1992, young Aminu was promoted as Turakin Kano while in 2000; he became Sarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida Kano.
Bayero also served as the chairman of the Kano Emirate Durbar Committee. And in 2014, the dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, promoted him to Wamban Kano, thereby transferring him from Dala to Kano municipal, where he succeeded Galadiman Kano, Alhaji Tijani Hashim, as the District Head.
In 2019, he was appointed Emir of Bichi, one of the new emirates created by the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje. And on March 9, 2020, the governor, Ganduje announced Aminu Ado Bayero as the 15th Emir of Kano State.
The new Emir’s father, Abdulahi was one of Nigeria’s most prominent and revered Muslim leaders, who was a successful businessman and had worked as a banker, police officer, Member of Parliament (MP), and diplomat. He was a former Ambassador to Senegal and was the son of Abdulahi Bayero, son of Muhammad Abbas.
Ado Bayero was the 13th Fulani Emir since the Fulani war, led by Usman Dan Fodio, when the Fulani took over the Hausa city states. He was one of the strongest and most powerful Emirs in the history of theHausa land. He was renowned for his abundant wealth, maintained by means of stock market investments and large-scale agricultural entrepreneurship both at home and abroad.
Emir Aminu Ado Bayero, attended Kofar Kudu Primary School and proceeded to Government Secondary School, Birnin Kudu. He studied Mass Communicationat the Bayero University, Kano. In his crave to expand his scope of knowledge, he further went to the Flying College, Oakland,California, United States; before undergoing the mandatory one-year National Youth Service Corps at the Nigeria Television Authority(NTA), Makurdi.
Young and vibrant Bayero, because of his knowledge in Mass
Communication and aviation, chose the aviation sector as where to grow
practical knowledge. He opted to work at Kabo Air, owned by Alhaji Dan
Kabo, which was the rave of the moment in the Nigerian aviation sector
at that time. He started as the airline’s Public Relation Officer and later proceeded to the engineering department of the company as Flight Engineer