28 February 2013

Nigeria: Emir of Kano Returns From UK

Photo: Daily Trust
Emir of Kano Ado Bayero

Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, returned to Kano last night after 38 days of medical sojourn in the United Kingdom.

Bayero arrived at the presidential wing of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) aboard a Nigeria Air Force jet marked 5N-FGU at about 7pm and walked straight to his motorcade while acknowledging cheers from his subjects who had come to welcome him.

He was received on arrival at the airport by Kano State Commissioner for Special Duties, Brig. Gen. Idris Danbazau (retd) who represented the governor, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, in company of other top government officials.

Others who were at the airport were members of the Emirate Council and traditional rulers from the 44 local government areas of the state.

"We are all happy today as you can see the calibre of people around representing different segments of the society. We thank God for his safe arrival," Danbazau said.

Bayero's eldest son, Aminu Ado Bayero, also expressed joy about the return of his father to his kingdom after a long time.

According to him, "It is not only the Emirate Council that is sharing in this joy. Everyone in Kano is happy that their father is back. I visited him several times while in London. In fact, the last visit was seven days ago, and that visit gave me hope because he was in a very stable condition. I thank God that he is back home, and we appreciate the prayers and concern of the Kano people, friends and well-wishers."

LEADERSHIP recalls that the emir and two of his sons were flown to London on Sunday, January 20, after a failed attempt on his life on the previous day. Although he escaped unhurt in the gun attack, the 83-year-old monarch was traumatised and thereafter flown abroad for medical attention alongside his injured children. Four persons, including the emir's driver and palace guards, died in the attack, while several others, including the emir's sons, received bullet wounds.

Bayero was returning home after attending a religious function at Massalacin Murtala when the attack took.

In the aftermath of the attack which took Kano people by surprise, the police and the State Security Service (SSS) separately told newsmen that some of the suspects were in custody while they were on the trail of others.

Security was tightened at the airport yesterday as people who came to witness the arrival were subjected to thorough checks by security operatives of the police, military, Civil Defence and the SSS.

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