28 February 2013

Nigeria: Amid Jubilation, Emir of Kano Returns

Photo: Daily Trust
Emir of Kano Ado Bayero

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, Wednesday returned to Kano after a trip to London for a medical check up.

Gunmen had attacked the Emir's convoy in Kano last month and killed three of his body guards. One of his sons was also injured.

Bayero, who had arrived the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) around 7 pm Wednesday aboard the Nigerian Air Force plane, was received amid cheers from the crowds.

The crowd defied the presence of a tight security cordon at the airport and made its way into the premises to welcome the emir.

Bayero, who had a brief stay at presidential wing of the airport to felicitate with traditional title holders who had came to pay him homage, was driven to the palace in a convoy. He looked healthy and strong.

He was welcomed on arrival by state government officials led by Brigadier General Bello Danbazau (rtd), who is the Special Adviser to Kano State Governor, Special Duties.

Among the people who came to welcome the emir included businessmen, non indigenes, students and the disabled.

It was also celebration galore on the streets of Kano as soon as news filtered in that the emir had arrived the state, with the people trouping to the place to catch a glimpse of the traditional ruler.

Our correspondent observed that most of the roads through which the emir's convoy passed were affected by traffic gridlock due to the multitude of people who had come out to celebrate his return.

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