Reacting to the demise of the monarch on Friday, the Senator representing Nasarawa-West Senatorial district said yesterday, in Abuja, that the late Kano Emir was a huge hedge for northern Nigeria, and “a bridge” between the northern and southern parts of Nigeria.
He recalled that during the civil war, Emir Ado Bayero played a profound role in seeing to a quick end to the hostilities, besides standing firm in protecting the lives and properties of hundreds of Igbo residents of Kano, against all odds.
He said further that it was to the credit of Ado and some few other eminent citizens that the North has remained largely united, despite the rising sectarian violence within the region.
According to Senator Adamu, “The exceptional touch of the late Ado Bayero with the high and mighty as well as with ordinary citizens was one of the major sources of his reverence; something I urge other Nigerians to emulate”.
He also recalled that the late monarch had been a prominent pillar of support to successive governments in Nigeria from the First, Second, Third and Fourth Republics.
The former Nasarawa state governor emphasized that “he (Ado Bayero) was a source of inspiration for me all through my public life, and I believe he mentored many other people from this part of the country (the North)”.
While urging all members of the Kano Emirate Council, especially the princes and princesses to emulate their father, Senator Adamu called on the people of Kano and the North in general to give the late Emir’s successor all the support to be able to fill the giant shoes left behind by the deceased.
Former Governor Adamu, while describing the late traditional icon as “a good Muslim with a compassionate heart”, enjoined other Nigerians to learn from the deceased’s virtues of compassion, humility and kind heart.
He commiserated with the Kano royal family and urged the Federal and Kano state governments to immortalize Ado, as the late monarch was fondly called.