Sunday, 16 June 2013

I Have Forgiven All – Emir Of Kano, Ado Bayero

Alhaji Ado Bayero, the emir of Kano, says he has no cause to harbour grudges against anyone.“I have forgiven all,” the monarch declared Saturday at a durbar to mark the golden jubilee of his ascension to the throne. He was turbanned as the 13th emir of Kano at the age of 33 while serving as the Nigerian ambassador to Senegal.
Bayero escape death last year when his convoy was attacked by gunmen in the ancient city. Thousands of horses took part in the special durbar to mark the emir’s golden jubilee. The colourful ceremony, conducted amidst tight security, saw major roads leading to Bayero’s palace cordoned off by security while only accredited personalities were allowed into the arena.
Bayero, 83, entered the arena to flag-off the durbar amidst chants of Allahu Akbar (God is great). Addressing the audience, Bayero declared that he holds no grudges against any one and has forgiven all those who must have offended him one way or the other.
The octogenarian monarch stressed: “Today marks a special day in my life for attaining unique years of 50 on the throne. It is indeed a day of great happiness for me. I want to use this unique opportunity to seek for forgiveness from all and sundry whom I may have offended directly or indirectly. I have forgiven all”..
Bayero called on his subjects to be God-fearing and abide by religious injunctions in all their activities. In an address delivered at the occasion, President Goodluck Jonathan tasked Nigerians, irrespective of political or religious inclination, to avoid acts capable of causing violence in the country. Jonathan, represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, noted that the call was necessary because it was only in the atmosphere of peace and harmony that any society could achieve economic growth and development.
Jonathan stressed: ‘’Let me at this juncture enjoin each and every one of us to promote peace and peaceful co-existence and eschew any act that can destroy peace and harmony.
“We must also respect the rule of law in whichever situation we find ourselves as it is the only platform for achieving meaningful development”.
The president, who described the emir as “an embodiment of peace and peaceful co-existence”, prayed God to grant him good health to enable him serve his people.
In his remark, Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, urged the people of the state to continue to pray for long life for Bayero to enable them to continue to tap from his wealth of experience.
The ceremony was witnessed by General Muhammadu Buhari, General Abdulsami Abubakar, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Sultan of Damagaram from Niger Republic, governors of Kaduna, Sokoto and Bauchi States, among others.