On 6 June 2014 which is exactly 6 years ago, the 13th Fulani Emir and 56th ruler of Kano, Alhaji Ado Abdullahi Bayero died inside his palace located in Gidan Rumfa.
Born on 25 July, 1930 into the royal family of the Fulani Sullabawa clan, he was the eleventh child of his father and the second born of his mother.
He became a graduate of the School of Arabic Studies in 1947 after which he worked as a bank clerk for the Bank of British West Africa. He attended Zaria Clerical College in 1952 and won a seat to the Northern regional House of Assembly two years later. He thereafter joined the Kano Native Authority and served as head of the Kano Native Authority police division from 1957-1962 before being appointed the Nigerian Ambassador to Senegal under the Tafawa Balewa-Nnamdi Azikwe post independence administration.
He was crowned the Emir of Kano on October 22, 1963 and at the time of his death, he had ruled for an astounding period of fifty-one years making him the longest serving Emir in Kano. He was a former chancellor of the University of Nigeria and until his death, the chancellor of the University of Ibadan. Regarded as one of Nigeria’s most prominent and rated among the most highly influential muslim leaders in the world, Ado Bayewo’s rulership spanned a period of 6 decades notable for many memorable deeds and achievements.
He died at the age of 84 and was laid to rest at Gidan Sarki in Nasarawa, the same location his forefathers were also laid to rest.
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